Infamous Scribblers The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy


  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Infamous Scribblers The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism
  • Eric Burns
  • English
  • 04 June 2015
  • 9781586484286

10 thoughts on “Infamous Scribblers The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism

  1. says:

    I ordered this book a while ago after being intrigued by Eric Burns' the author's appearance on The Daily Show At the time I was upset by the Bush administration's apparent manipulation of the press and of facts and Burns made the comment that their behavior was nothing when compared to the behavior of the founding fathers He was certainly rightThe book covers the early history of journalism and newspapers from the first newspaper in the colonies up through the contentious partisanship of the early post Washington presidential elections As the shows those that we respect for their stance on liberty and freedom were horribly slanderous and loved libel In fact they would even pen the articles and fund the newspapers themselves It is interesting to see what was considered a newspaper article then and compare it to now In fact a good deal of what was news was actually editorials or downright fictional accounts of events that may or may not have taken placeI've always been intrigued by the role of the media printed and otherwise and their interaction with the political realm during extremely partisan times The lead up to the fight for independence the Revolutionary war and the subseuent early creation of our government were definitely partisan and this book covered them with great detail The research was evident and the uotes from the newspapers of the time were enlightening and added a great deal to the book I actually wish that this was part of a series I would like to see other times in American history covered in terms of studying the media I'm sure a good deal of books exist for the Vietnam war but I would like to read something concerning other times such as the Civil War prohibition and expansion westward to name a few


  2. says:

    Those who loved the play Hamilton must read this book the story of the founding fathers and the rowdy beginnings of American journalism Burns' well researched nonfiction covers the period just before the revolution to the early 1800s The infighting over the decision to engage in the Revolutionary War and afterward the very public disagreements of the new political parties in addition to the many personal disagreements between individuals like Adams Jefferson Burr and Hamilton are detailed through examples of their writings


  3. says:

    Infamous Scribblers is a lively detailed and shocking account of early journalism in America Oddly enough “rowdy” the word in the subtitle doesn’t begin to capture the story that Burns tells Newspapers were far important in Colonial times than I had known before reading this book Many of the Founding Fathers were printers and ran newspapers Few of them come out looking good in this book One can almost understand the Sedition laws when it is clear how many complete falsehoods were printed in newspapers of the day Editorial views were not separate from the news; they shaped everything that was written as newsI found this to be a uick read because the chapters are short and the stories are interesting The book is written in a way that seems to assume a deep understanding of Colonial history Then again it would not be possible to focus entirely on newspaper and pamphlets and tell all of those larger stories in a single book It is amusing to see how severe criticisms were often couched in verse and it is shocking to see how much was done anonymously The modern media looks thoughtful and measured by any comparison to Colonial times


  4. says:

    There's a certain amount of irony in a Fox News journalist writing about the bitter nasty unfair and mentally? unbalanced beginnings of American journalism But Burns writes with style and sympathy not to mention an occasionally laugh out loud wit It's always fascinating to see the figures you remember as lionized idols in your elementary school history class outed as suabbling occasionally underhanded backstabbers rabble rousers and snakes in the grass Read Infamous Scribblers to learn about Ben Franklin's boundlessly angry older brother the strongest cuss word George Washington is ever known to have used and what made Samuel Adams the Bill O'Reilly of his day


  5. says:

    An accessible book about an interesting subject but it got repetitive towards the end There were times when the book got too far into speculation about the thoughts of its subjects and I could have done without some of the cute turns of phraseI thought it was funny that during the chapter about America's first political sex scandal Burns seemed almost as eager to go over details as the overzealous newspapers he was describing


  6. says:

    I've long held that with the Internet giving everyone the euivalent of a cheap printing press we have not seen a decay in news coverage and journalism Rather the internet hit the reset button and everything old is new again This book solidifies this view Despair of the talking heads pundits half truths and outright likes now? We have nothing on our Founding Fathers Not saying we don't need to improve but the amount of vitriol that blazed from the first Colonial era newspapers made my jaw drop at times There was no such thing as fair balanced reporting indeed the first newspaper editors wore their opinions and leanings like a badge of honor Several including Samuel Adams and James Callender were not above making up their own truths for what they saw as the greater good After the Revolutionary War most if not all papers were either firm Federalist supporters or staunch Republican This is a longer book but the pages flew by It is both educational and entertaining You will never see the Founding Fathers the same way Burns portrays them here their many warts and all History buffs should definitely find a copy


  7. says:

    Burns's monograph on the history of journalism really of the uses of the printing press in the early American Republic is eminently readable and engrossing for all its uirks of diction that often emulate the newspapers he's covering He uses a post hole style moving smoothly from the early days of the press in England to the travails of a would be free press in the New England colonies to the rambunctious battles of the War of Independence and the growing pains of the first constitutional administrations As befits the time and the subject it is as much a litany of scandal and personality clashes as of its stated subjectOn the whole excellent if a bit ironic in these days of Trump 'fake news' alternate facts and general printed skullduggery


  8. says:

    An extremely interesting of the history of the early days of journalism in the United Stated Burns narrates the histories contained in this book in a compelling way that makes it hard to put down One also gains insights that although much has improved in the profession of journalism in the past 200 years much remains the same including the inability of many journalists to leave preconceptions behind


  9. says:

    Eye opening for us who came of age in the Walter Cronkite era of journalismSo apparently the subscribe to my newsletter style of journalism was the fashion then as it is today There was no point in publishing any form of journalism unless it was to extol your side and trash the other Truth and facts of course were entirely optional Fox and Friends has nothing on these guys I have to admire though the poly syllabic magnificence of their insults THAT'S how it's done


  10. says:

    Full of American Revolution anecdotes related to early newspapers It appears that the issue of fact vs opinion and molesting the good fortune of elected and appointed officials predates the establishment of the country Sometimes humorous and sometimes head scratching


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About the Author: Eric Burns

The Founding PDF ´ Eric Burns is an American media critic and journalist He began his career as a correspondent for NBC News where he appeared regularly on NBC Nightly News and on the Today showBurns Scribblers The Founding Fathers and PDF or has written five critically acclaimed books Infamous Scribblers ePUB Ñ and continues to work in television He has worked as a commentator for Entertainment Tonight host of Arts Entertainment Revue on AE and is the former host of Fox News.