Stephen Bates is an associate professor in the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In decades of editing, I have always carried with me the thoughts of A Free and Responsible Press. Stephen Bates does us a service in his vivid account of its creation. -Sir Harold Evans, author of Good Times, Bad Times and The Freedom of the Press A sterling piece of intellectual history of America at midcentury, and an important meditation on the problems of journalism in American life. -Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica Stephen Bates tells an astonishing story about a time when U.S. media outlets were biased, polarizing and distrusted. Sound familiar? This deeply researched, vividly written book speaks directly to the age of trolls and tweetstorms. -William Powers, author of New York Times bestseller Hamlet's BlackBerry An Aristocracy of Critics is an elegant and seminal work about a gathering of mid-20th century intellectuals who presciently examined the role of news media in a democratic society. -Sally Denton, author of The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World