Item description for Afflicting the Comfortable: Journalism and Politics in West Virginia (West Virginia and Appalachia) (West Virginia and Appalachia) by Thomas Stafford...
Thomas Stafford asks himself where the media and journalism come into play when government and politics turn corrupt. A former journalist for the Charleston Gazette, Stafford investigated several scandals that have unsettled the Mountain State over the past few decades. During his investigations, Stafford found himself in a very precarious position. He felt obliged to tell the whole truth, and he believed in the need to serve the public, especially those West Virginians who were being abused by a political machine. Stafford's reporting eventually led to pressure from politicians and powerbrokers that would force him to give up his career. With intense passion, he held the convictions of journalistic integrity throughout.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2005
Publisher West Virginia University Press
ISBN 1933202041 ISBN13 9781933202044
Reviews - What do customers think about Afflicting the Comfortable: Journalism and Politics in West Virginia (West Virginia and Appalachia) (West Virginia and Appalachia)?
Finally, an incisive look at West Virginia politics Dec 29, 2005
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?