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Scandalmonger by William Safire
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Name Course Professor Date Introduction In the 1800s, some great editors started attaining influence due to their abilities and excellence in their writings which not only interpreted the happenings of the time, but also reflected individual's spirit. It is from such individuals securing power and influence that personal journalism and domestic newsmongers came into being.
This can be clearly seen in a given position on an ideal in which these individuals would support and promote the ideology by publicising it to the public, and by continuous emphasis on the same; thus, resulting to change in opinion and emotions towards the ideology (Safire, 36). Knowing all these, Thomas Jefferson opted to use Thomson Callender as the ideal weapon to neutralize his arch enemy Alexander Hamilton. This is achieved by Callender using his position as an editor to write about the adultery and shady dealings that Hamilton had made in his office tenure. Callinder’s writing saw the reputation of Hamilton drugged through the mud that he was forced to admit the affair and the fact that he was adulterous (Safire, 36). It is established that media had the power through manipulation of public opinion to influence the course of a given action and even go to the extent of disarming and destroying a powerful political figure easily. The domestic newsmongers’ influence went to the heights of controlling even political views since they could manipulate the public; hence, making Americans believe what the newsmongers saw was ideal to them. ...
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