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Short Synopsis
Marvin Kalb's Enemy is a frightening indictment of President Trump's efforts to delegitimize the American press—and put the future of our democracy in question

Full Synopsis
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 book 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 1950's, which led to McCarthy's demise.

Enemy of the People

Trump's War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy

Author Marvin Kalb

Narrated by Christopher Grove

Publication date Apr 9, 2019

Running time 6 hrs

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