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Radical Journalism

Program #STOI001. Recorded in Boston, MA on November 08, 1987.

The legendary maverick of Washington jouralists and editor of I. F. Stone Weekly provides some wry commentary on the stock market crash, the prospects of some Presidential contenders, the Reagan-Gorbachev talks and the Iran/Contra-gate scandals.


I. F. Stone

I. F. Stone, a great independent journalist, was best known for his self-published newsletter, I. F. Stone's Weekly. Stone had this to say about his style of reporting: "I made no claims to inside stuff. I tried to give information which could be documented, so the reader could check it for himself. Reporters tend to be absorbed by the bureaucracies they cover; they take on the habits, attitudes, and even accents of the military or the diplomatic corps. Should a reporter resist the pressure, there are many ways to get rid of him. But a reporter covering the whole capital on his own, particularly if he is his own employer, is immune from these pressures." He passed away in June 1989.

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