A Revolution in National Life


Erasures from The Press and America, Michael Emery, 2000, p 143, 433

A Revolution in National Life

The newspaper

exists, is not.


Moralists: willful little men. 


It is the process: History starts 

afresh. This is not to deny 

the obvious. American 


forces — great forces —

the forces


intensive, sweeping, the powerful 

new impetus of redirection. 


So it was great. That had come

 in the Jacksonian period

there was a popular human—


new news enterprise

and force. But 



The scene of famous figures had begun. 

Leaders of the era died: 

the New York Times

the New York Herald

the New York Tribune. 






The press was to serve. 

Credibility became painfully  

—there were gaps      and      and      and people— 

old and and white and silent. 


The cult of disbelief had half the people

believing him, which meant

they harbored war. 


Kennedy disbelieved

accounts of Kennedy’s doubt

over the years, rueful depth 

of disbelief, encountered disastrous winter.



a hollow shell. 


His children’s crusade shattered

in the war. Credibility persisted

as his problems multiplied:


it was the American way. 


Another steady diet 

of bad news,  

many years of prosperity. 


A poetic prescription to soothe suffering

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