Shortly after assuming office in January 2017, President Donald Trump accused the press of being an “enemy of the American people”. Attacks on the media had been a hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign, but this charge marked a dramatic turning point: Language like this ventured into dangerous territory. Twentieth-century dictators – notably Stalin, Hitler, and Mao – had all denounced their critics, especially the press, as “enemies of the people”. Their goal was to delegitimize the work of the press as “fake news” and create confusion in the public mind about what’s real and what isn’t; what can be trusted and what can’t be.
That, it seems, is also Trump’s goal. In Enemy of the People, Marvin Kalb, an award-winning American journalist with more than six decades of experience both as a journalist and media observer, writes with passion about why we should fear for the future of American democracy because of the unrelenting attacks by the Trump administration on the press.
As his new audiobook shows, the press has been a bulwark in the defense of democracy. Kalb writes about Edward R. Murrow’s courageous reporting on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “red scare” theatrics in the early 1950s, which led to McCarthy’s demise.
Narrator: Christopher Grove
Duration: 5 hours 50 minutes
Released: 19 Sep 2004
Publisher: Tantor Audio