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"About the Book A former New York Times White House and investigative correspondent, Robert M. Smith, discloses in Suppressed: Confessions of a Correspondent how some stories make it to print, some do not, how the filters work, and how the paper may have suppressed the most important U.S. political story of the day--Watergate. Book Synopsis Suppressed is the book the media would prefer you not read. The book may change the way you read a newspaper, listen to the radio, watch TV, or consume digital media. Please look at the Follow the Author Page for videos by Robert M. Smith. Incisive behind-the-scenes details about the Times and other media outlets. -- Publishers Weekly A forthright indictment of the media's shortcomings. -- Kirkus Reviews Only 29percent of Americans trust the media, and many Americans believe the media are to blame for the country's division. The U.S. ranks dead last of all countries in media trust. But no one in the media is talking about this. This well-reviewed book tells you why and shows you the inside of the media machine. It includes a look behind the scenes at some of the biggest stories in the history of journalism. The author -- a former New York Times White House and investigative correspondent -- was there and is ruthlessly honest about what he saw. In fact, the author unearthed Watergate before Woodward and Bernstein, but saw the story ignored by the New York Times Washington Bureau when he gave it to them. Margaret Sullivan, media critic for the Washington Post, called the book a ""very engaging read."" Smith is an attorney and barrister who has written a law book for lawyers. This is a different kind of book, but it is written with the same careful attention to the evidence. Coming to the present, Suppressed shows how some media, including the New York Times, stepped into the ring and began slugging it out with President Trump, instead of staying outside the ring and neutrally reporting what it saw. The book argues that the media would have been more effective if it had remained neutral -- and credible. On the other hand, Times stock dropped 17 percent in the first two quarters of 2021, after President Trump left. During the same time the SandP 500 index rose 18 percent. The book offers entertaining tidbits -- some hard to believe -- but also shows you how to be a knowledgeable consumer of something that you spend time on every day and depend on. Written with candor and humor, Suppressed traces a young investigative reporter's arc from naïveté to cynicism, from covering the White House to leaving journalism for Yale Law School and ultimately bing a barrister in London and teaching at Oxford. Review Quotes ""Incisive behind-the-scenes details about the Times and other media outlets.""-Publishers Weekly ""Suppressed is a string of inviting reminiscences, each more tantalizing than the one before. Smith is a writer of clarity, wit, and style. He rips the masks off the Establishment, and reveals the inside story of a remarkable New York Times investigative reporter who bucked the system throughout a stellar career, and got away with it. The book defines honest reporting in a time of attacks from insiders and outsiders, right and left. If there was a truth that needed telling, Smith fought to tell the story -- one way or another. He has done the same thing in this book. Suppressed: remarkable revelations and remarkable entertainment.""--Ron Hendren, former NBC News and TODAY show book and film critic ""Robert Smith broke countless stories as a New York Times reporter, but his account of the one story he had but couldn't break -- Watergate -- is what makes Suppressed a must-read account of life inside the sausage factory of high-level American journalism.""--Ray Locker, author of Nixon's Gamble and Haig's Coup and former White House editor for USA TODAY As Smith sees it, the Times has gone backwards to the 1970s when it was a mixture of news and opinion, a paper that he fled for that very reason....the only answer for the Times was to stay impartial but it continued to get into the ring.-The Daily Mail (London) Editorials and letters to the editor in recent weeks have zeroed in on the craft of journalism. About time. How American journalism works (or doesn't) is an important subject. I've long thought that we who ply the trade have done a remarkably poor job of helping our readers understand how we do what we do. And why....I've just read a fascinating work that bears on the question: a book titled ""Suppressed: Confessions of a Former New York Times Washington Correspondent."" -The Herald-Dispatch ""A forthright indictment of the media's shortcomings.""--Kirkus Reviews About the Author Robert M. Smith is a former New York Times White House and investigative correspondent who was witness to some of the most important stories in modern history, including Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, and the My Lai Massacre. He lives in San Francisco, CA."
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