Journalism in the Movies

Matthew C. Ehrlich

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From cynical portrayals like The Front Page to the nuanced complexity of All the President’s Men, and The Insider, movies about journalists and journalism have been a go-to film genre since the medium's early days. Often depicted as disrespectful, hard-drinking, scandal-mongering misfits, journalists also receive Hollywood's frequent respect as an essential part of American life.

Matthew C. Ehrlich tells the story of how Hollywood has treated American journalism. Ehrlich argues that films have relentlessly played off the image of the journalist as someone who sees through lies and hypocrisy, sticks up for the little guy, and serves democracy. He also delves into the genre's always-evolving myths and dualisms to analyze the tensions—hero and oppressor, objectivity and subjectivity, truth and falsehood—that allow journalism films to examine conflicts in society at large.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationUrbana
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)9780252091087
ISBN (Print)9780252074325
StatePublished - Jul 2006

Publication series

NameThe History of Communication


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