A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example -- the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime -- she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. In Malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. When the text first appeared, as a two-part article in The New Yorker, its thesis seemed so radical and its irony so pitiless that journalists across the country reacted as if stung. Her book is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism: it at once exemplifies and dissects its subject. In her interviews with the leading and subsidiary characters in the MacDonald-McGinniss case -- the principals, their lawyers, the members of the jury, and the various persons who testified as expert witnesses at the trial -- Malcolm is always aware of herself as a player in a game that, as she points out, she cannot lose. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully. Hovering over the narrative -- and always on the edge of the reader's consciousness -- is the MacDonald murder case itself, which imparts to the book an atmosphere of anxiety and uncanniness. The Journalist and the Murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, the off-center, and the unsolved.
A provocative study of the complex relations between philosophy and journalism. The discussion addresses such subjects as the essential nature of journalism, news value, the relation of journalism to education, the ideal of a free press, and practical strategies for press reform and the improvement of journalism.
A man is told by his doctor to start keeping a diary, it could cure his depressions. The patient follows the advice and in no time he is off pills. Only now he becomes addicted to his journal, fretting and fussing as he organizes and re-organizes the entries. By the author of Singular Pleasures.
Jerry Rose, a young journalist and photographer in Vietnam, exposed the secret beginnings of America’s Vietnam War in the early 1960s. Putting his life in danger, he interviewed Vietnamese villagers in a countryside riddled by a war of terror and intimidation and embedded himself with soldiers on the ground, experiences that he distilled into the first major article to be written about American troops fighting in Vietnam. His writing was acclaimed as “war reporting that ranks with the best of Ernest Hemingway and Ernie Pyle,” and in the years to follow, Time, The New York Times, The Reporter, New Republic, and The Saturday Evening Post regularly published his stories and photographs. In spring 1965, Jerry’s friend and former doctor, Phan Huy Quat, became the new Prime Minister of Vietnam, and he invited Jerry to become an advisor to his government. Jerry agreed, hoping to use his deep knowledge of the country to help Vietnam. In September 1965, while on a trip to investigate corruption in the provinces of Vietnam, he died in a plane crash in Vietnam, leaving behind a treasure trove of journals, letters, stories, and a partially completed novel. The Journalist is the result of his sister, Lucy Rose Fischer, taking those writings and crafting a memoir in “collaboration” with her late brother—giving the term “ghostwritten” a whole new meaning.
"…‘never give up, my dear. Run for your life; people are chasing’ said my mom. …‘we can never expect what would happen to us in this cruel world. It’s about something happening in our society, which we don’t want to happen to our child’ said my dad... …‘I wanted to be in your life and I want you to be in my life till we make that final kiss before we die’ said Sameer… I wanted that cock sucker Sameer and that bitch to be dead…! Now.., Arya, a budding Journalist, saves Sameer from an attempted murder. With a question about next breath of his life, he regrets every passing minute for saving Sameer and realizes every single second that how lucky his life is. Life is not always left to us, to sketch it how we want them. Sometimes, for few people life doesn’t give a chance! "