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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
Unformatted Document Text:  Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers 8 established privileged access to Dewey and the other most coveted source in the Pacific theater, Filipino leader Emilio Aguinaldo, his impact was limited by the increasing competition he faced as more reporters streamed into the Philippines. Meanwhile, domestic discourses about the disposition of the archipelago and its eight million people assumed center stage. Barrett lobbied eagerly for a position on the five-member Philippine Commission which would advise President McKinley, but he was bypassed for the honor in favor of more senior figures – and one man his own age, from whom little had hitherto been heard. Worcester, bristling with obscure facts, strongly asserted opinions, and ferocious energy, would come to dominate the pivotal body, as well as the second Philippine Commission that followed it (he was the only holdover) and American affairs in the Philippines for the next 15 years. Toiling in obscurity in Michigan while Barrett sat in the catbird seat in the Philippines, Worcester was able to suddenly project himself onto the national stage by parlaying personal energy and experience with the tools of modern mass communication to win recognition as the leading authority on the new domain. Though he had spent almost no time on Luzon, where the Filipino challenge to Spanish and now American rule was centered, he capitalized on his superior knowledge of the far- flung regions where no one else could lay claim to equivalent knowledge. In his meeting with McKinley, he is said to have peppered the president with questions about his plans for the Romblon group, Mindoro, and other obscure locales, implying that only he, the master of the “real” Philippines, could provide the broader perspective necessary to manage knowledge about the diverse and mysterious lands and inhabitants the United

Authors: Vaughan, Christopher.
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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
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established privileged access to Dewey and the other most coveted source in the Pacific
theater, Filipino leader Emilio Aguinaldo, his impact was limited by the increasing
competition he faced as more reporters streamed into the Philippines. Meanwhile,
domestic discourses about the disposition of the archipelago and its eight million people
assumed center stage. Barrett lobbied eagerly for a position on the five-member
Philippine Commission which would advise President McKinley, but he was bypassed
for the honor in favor of more senior figures – and one man his own age, from whom
little had hitherto been heard.
Worcester, bristling with obscure facts, strongly asserted opinions, and ferocious
energy, would come to dominate the pivotal body, as well as the second Philippine
Commission that followed it (he was the only holdover) and American affairs in the
Philippines for the next 15 years. Toiling in obscurity in Michigan while Barrett sat in the
catbird seat in the Philippines, Worcester was able to suddenly project himself onto the
national stage by parlaying personal energy and experience with the tools of modern
mass communication to win recognition as the leading authority on the new domain.
Though he had spent almost no time on Luzon, where the Filipino challenge to Spanish
and now American rule was centered, he capitalized on his superior knowledge of the far-
flung regions where no one else could lay claim to equivalent knowledge. In his meeting
with McKinley, he is said to have peppered the president with questions about his plans
for the Romblon group, Mindoro, and other obscure locales, implying that only he, the
master of the “real” Philippines, could provide the broader perspective necessary to
manage knowledge about the diverse and mysterious lands and inhabitants the United


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