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The Ambassador and the Activist: Reporting the Willie Earle Lynching of 1947

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This paper examines coverage of a 1947 lynching by the mainstream media (particularly the "New York Times" and "The New Yorker") and the black press (especially the Columbia, S.C. "Lighthouse and Informer" and the "Pittsburgh Courier"). Comparing the reporting in the black and white press allows some longstanding assumptions to be tested:
* That the black press has been a “fighting” press more interested in advancing a point of view than in superior news reporting.
* That the "New York Times" provided the best coverage of the civil rights revolution.
* That John Popham, southern correspondent for the "Times" from 1947 to 1958, did a better job covering the South than any other journalist.

To assess the validity of these conclusions, this paper examined coverage of a 1947 murder case that became the largest lynching trial in southern history. The study found that the "Lighthouse and Informer’s" John McCray and other African-American reporters produced stories that were well-sourced, explored the white and black communities, provided historical context and identified white bigotry as the key problem. Popham and other celebrated white reporters produced poorly-sourced, ahistorical journalism, portrayed white southerners as progressive and endorsed racial segregation.

Still, the mainstream media's coverage of the Earle case represented significant progress. Despite their often flawed reporting and obvious racial bias, the "Times" and "The New Yorker" and other mainstream publications shed unprecedented light on the savagery of a lynch mob and the South’s all-white system of justice. Dixie would never be the same.

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Flournoy, Craig. "The Ambassador and the Activist: Reporting the Willie Earle Lynching of 1947" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC, Aug 08, 2013 <Not Available>. 2018-08-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670693_index.html>

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Flournoy, C. , 2013-08-08 "The Ambassador and the Activist: Reporting the Willie Earle Lynching of 1947" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC Online <PDF>. 2018-08-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670693_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines coverage of a 1947 lynching by the mainstream media (particularly the "New York Times" and "The New Yorker") and the black press (especially the Columbia, S.C. "Lighthouse and Informer" and the "Pittsburgh Courier"). Comparing the reporting in the black and white press allows some longstanding assumptions to be tested:
* That the black press has been a “fighting” press more interested in advancing a point of view than in superior news reporting.
* That the "New York Times" provided the best coverage of the civil rights revolution.
* That John Popham, southern correspondent for the "Times" from 1947 to 1958, did a better job covering the South than any other journalist.

To assess the validity of these conclusions, this paper examined coverage of a 1947 murder case that became the largest lynching trial in southern history. The study found that the "Lighthouse and Informer’s" John McCray and other African-American reporters produced stories that were well-sourced, explored the white and black communities, provided historical context and identified white bigotry as the key problem. Popham and other celebrated white reporters produced poorly-sourced, ahistorical journalism, portrayed white southerners as progressive and endorsed racial segregation.

Still, the mainstream media's coverage of the Earle case represented significant progress. Despite their often flawed reporting and obvious racial bias, the "Times" and "The New Yorker" and other mainstream publications shed unprecedented light on the savagery of a lynch mob and the South’s all-white system of justice. Dixie would never be the same.


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