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Marquette University Press is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new book series from the Diederich College of Communication entitled Diederich Studies in Communication and Media.


The editor of the series is DR. BONNIE S. BRENNEN, Nieman Professor of Journalism, in the Department of Journalism

The second book in the series is

A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II, edited by Janice Peck & Inger L. Stole. ISBN 978-0-87462-034-4. Paper. 418 pp. $29. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index

A Moment of Danger marks a timely intervention into media history. Reminding us of the complex ways in which media and politics are inextricably connected, it is a must-read volume for all students of American history and culture.

—Michele Hilmes, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Our need to catalyze new understandings of postwar and contemporary US history has never been greater—and this superb collection demonstrates that the role of communications must figure centrally in this effort. By retrieving repressed popular struggles for democratic communications and incisively critiquing our actually-existing media culture, its contributors compile a revelatory analysis.

—Dan Schiller, Professor of Library & Information Science & Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are sometimes told that political economy is a pessimistic approach to communications that offers no stories of struggle and resistance. This has never really been true, and this startling volume assembles some of the leading dissident voices in US media studies to set that falsehood right.

—Toby Miller, author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention

A must read for anyone seeking to understand the challenges, conflicts and changes that have marked the mass media over the past seven decades.

—Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Professor of History, West Virginia University

A Moment of Danger is genuine history. Its splendid chapters set episodes of postwar media history into rich, often forgotten, contexts of social, political and business history.

—David Nord, Professor of Journalism and History, Indiana University

Janice Peck (upper left) is an Associate Professor of media studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on the intersections of U.S. media, culture, politics and history.

Inger L. Stole (lower left) is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research covers historical perspectives on advertising and consumer issues.


Acknowledgements vii

Chapter 1: Introduction: Moments of Danger and Challenges to the “Selective Tradition” in U.S. Communication History
Janice Peck 1

Chapter 2: Politics as Patriotism: Advertising and Consumer Activism During World War II
Inger L. Stole 13

Chapter 3: The Revolt against Radio: Postwar Media Criticism and the Struggle for Broadcast Reform
Victor Pickard 35

Chapter 4: “Our union is not for sale”: The Postwar Struggle for Workplace Control in the American Newspaper Industry
James F. Tracy 57

Chapter 5: “Things will never be the same around here”: How See It Now Shaped Television News Reporting
Dinah Zeiger 83

Chapter 6: “We can remember it for you wholesale”: Lessons from the Broadcast Blacklist
Carol A. Stabile 105

Chapter 7: Foreign Correspondents, Passports and McCarthyism
Edward Alwood 133

Chapter 8: “Love that AFL-CIO”: Organized Labor’s Use of Television, 1950-1970
Nathan Godfried 15

Chapter 9: The Postwar “TV Problem” and the Formation of Public Television in the U.S.
Laurie Ouellette 179

Chapter 10: Lockouts, Protests, and Scabs: A Critical Assessment of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Strike
Bonnie Brennen 207

Chapter 11: The Reporters’ Rebellion: The Chicago Journalism Review, 1968-1975
Steve Macek 231

Chapter 12: Oprah Winfrey and the Politics of Race in Late Twentieth Century America
Janice Peck 253

Chapter 13: Public Radio, This American Life and the Neoliberal Turn
Jason Loviglio 283

Chapter 14: “Sticking it to the man”; Neoliberalism: Corporate Media and Strategies of Resistance in the 21st Century
Deepa Kumar 307

Chapter 15: Contesting Democratic Communications: The Case of Current TV
James F. Hamilton 331

Chapter 16: Critical Media Literacy: Critiquing Corporate Media with Radical Production
Bettina Fabos 355

About the Authors 377


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