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AFFLICTING THE COMFORTABLE: JOURNALISM AND POLITICS IN WEST VIRGINIA (WEST VIRGINIA APPALACHIA) ebook

by THOMAS F. STAFFORD


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Published by: West Virginia University Press. In Afflicting the Comfortable, Stafford relates such tales of the responsibility of journalism and politics in coordination with scandals that have unsettled the Mountain State over the past few decades. His probing would take him from the halls of Charleston to the center of our nation's ruling elite. Guided by his senses of duty, right, and fairness, he plunged head first into the misdeeds of West Virginia's politicians.

West Virginia and Appalachia. American: 1900-present.

Afflicting the Comfortable : Journalism and Politics in West Virginia.

Afflicting the Comfortable. Journalism and Politics in West Virginia (West Virginia and Appalachia) (West Virginia & Appalachia). by Thomas F. Stafford. Published November 30, 2005 by West Virginia University Press. Afflicting the comfortable: journalism and politics in West Virginia. Poverty, development, and government in Appalachia: origins of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Tucker, Gary J. Governor William E. Glasscock and progressive politics in West Virginia. Vile, John R. Tennessee government and politics: democracy in the volunteer state. Weinbaum, Eve S. To move a mountain: fighting the global economy in Appalachia.

Afflicting the comfortable: journalism and politics in west virginia. While investigating the Invest Right scandal, Thomas Stafford, a former journalist for the Charleston Gazette, found himself in a very precarious position.

He lives in Arlington, Virginia. This books is clearly written and the historical context of the periods is a very nice touch. With many works we are told a given decision souly in a modern context without the context of different factions at that time. Or at least some of the factions in power, in this case legal views by conservatives on the supreme court and the well to do. I think the context is helpful to set up the information and decisions.

Here is how Mr. Dooley’s famous journalism quote is usually remembered . Dooley’s famous journalism quote is usually remembered: The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. However the original quote, which appeared in the 1902 book Observations by Mr. Dooley, is much different and critical of the press. The fictional Irish bartender was critical of just about everybody. Born to Irish immigrants on Chicago’s West Side in 1867, Finley Peter Dunne began a career as a newspaperman in the city in 1884.

In 1990, the New York Times wrote, "Government corruption was not invented in West Virginia. But there are people who contend that West Virginia officials have done more than their share over the years to develop state-of-the-art techniques in vote theft, contract kickbacks, influence peddling and good old-fashioned bribery, extortion, fraud, tax evasion and outright stealing." While investigating such events as the Invest Right scandal, Thomas Stafford, a former journalist for the Charleston Gazette, would find himself in a very precarious position. As a reporter he felt obligated to tell the whole truth, and he believed in the need to serve the public and those West Virginians who were being abused by a political machine.

In Afflicting the Comfortable, Stafford relates such tales of the responsibility of journalism and politics in coordination with scandals that have unsettled the Mountain State over the past few decades. His probing would take him from the halls of Charleston to the center of our nation's ruling elite. Guided by his senses of duty, right, and fairness, he plunged head first into the misdeeds of West Virginia's politicians. His investigations would be the preface to the downfall of a governor and an adminstration that had robbed the state and the citizens of West Virginia for years.

GAZANIK
"Afflicting the Comfortable" is a non-fiction account of West Virginia's corrupt political class in the 20th century, seen through the eyes of one of the state's best journalists. As a West Virginia native, I was fascinated to learn about what happened inside West Virginia's Kennedy campaign in 1960, as well as the facts about Arch Moore's catastrophic tenure as governor. So many stories in this book are not discussed in West Virginia History classes. However, my complaint with the book is that it feels very dull at times, while statistics and names are regurgitated over and over again. It's difficult to keep it all straight. Also, I found this book to be more of a history rather than a look at the journalism practices used to get the story. Anyone interested in 20th century West Virginia politics should give this a look.
Xwnaydan
In 6th grade, Mrs. Drury at Glendale Elementary walked our class to Arch Moore's house. He came out and spoke to us a little. It was very impressive for a group of 6th graders. Growing up in WV in the 60's and 70's, I remember many of the characters mentioned in the book. A real treat for native Hillbillies.
Daizil
This well-written and well-documented 2005 volume is everything that last year's "West Virginia Tough Boys" by Davis wasn't -- a hard look at West Virginia politics by a reporter who followed the game for years and conveys to the average reader how political life has been lived for decades in a corrupt state. Where Davis focused on political shenanigans by powerful sheriffs and courthouse rings in southern West Virginia's coal counties, Stafford takes a broader, more holistic view, following, in chronological order, the state administrations of various governors from the 1930s through the 1990s. Stafford's work is a lot easier to follow, doesn't rely so much on long, rambling passages from oral histories, and brings the practiced eye of a veteran statehouse political reporter to his subject. It's a valuable addition to the literature, however neither Davis nor Stafford really manages to satisfactorily answer the fundamental question: why has political corruption and malfeasance been permitted to persist for so long in America's poorest, neediest state?
AFFLICTING THE COMFORTABLE: JOURNALISM AND POLITICS IN WEST VIRGINIA (WEST VIRGINIA  APPALACHIA) ebook
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