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             Guests For  WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2009

                                            (Originally aired: 10-15-92)

                                     JOHN R. MACARTHUR

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                     Publisher of Harpers Magazine

                                           Author:

                        

               Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda

                                  in the Gulf War (1992)

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More about: JOHN  R.  MACARTHUR

 

                                         MacArthur, John R.

 

John R. (Rick) MacArthur is president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America. He has served in this role since 1983. Mr. MacArthur is also an award-winning journalist and author. In 2008, he published his third book entitled, You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. Mr. MacArthur writes a monthly column for the Providence Journal and, in French, for Le Devoir (Montreal) on a wide range of topics from politics to culture.

Mr. MacArthur's first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, was a finalist for the 1993 Mencken Award for books and won the Illinois ACLU's 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award. His critically acclaimed follow-up, The Selling of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, was published in the spring of 2000.

Mr. MacArthur initiated the foundation-sponsored rescue of Harper's Magazine in 1980. Under his stewardship the magazine has received numerous awards and the support of advertisers and readers alike. Since 1994 the magazine has received 18 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest recognition.

Before joining Harper's Magazine, Mr. MacArthur was an assistant foreign editor at United Press International (1982) and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times (1979-1982), Bergen Record (1978-1979), Washington Star (1978), and the Wall Street Journal (1977). He received the 1993 Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times expose of “Nayirah,” the Kuwaiti diplomat's daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity.

A tireless advocate for international human rights, Mr. MacArthur founded and serves on the board of directors of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center. Along with members of his family he founded Article 19, the International Center on Censorship, based in London, and in 1989 he initiated and helped organize the PEN/Article 19/Author's Guild rally for Salman Rushdie. He is also on the board of directors of the Author's Guild, and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.

Born on June 4, 1956, in New York City, Mr. MacArthur grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated in 1978 from Columbia College with a B.A. in history. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.

 

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John R. MacArthur

 

John R. "Rick" MacArthur (June 4, 1956, New York City) is an American journalist and author of books about US politics. He is the president of Harper's Magazine.

Biography

MacArthur is the son of J. Roderick MacArthur and Christiane L’Entendart, and the grandson of billionaire John D. MacArthur. He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in history in 1978. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.

MacArthur has been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal (1977), the Washington Star (1978), The Bergen Record (1978–1979), Chicago Sun-Times (1979–1982), and an assistant foreign editor at United Press International (1982).

In 1980 MacArthur persuaded his grandfather's charitable foundation to partner in creating and funding a Harper's Magazine Foundation to acquire and operate the magazine of the same name. This new entity acquired Harper's Magazine (which was then losing nearly $2 million per year and was on the verge of ceasing publication) for $250,000. Eventually John R. MacArthur took over the foundation that owned Harper’s. He became president and publisher of Harper's Magazine in 1983.

In 1993 he received the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times exposé of "Nayirah", the Kuwaiti diplomat's daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity.

John R. MacArthur's father, Rod MacArthur, along with his aunt, Virginia MacArthur Cordova, inherited several millions of dollars each from their father John D. MacArthur.

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SECOND FRONT - Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War (1992)

While the United States government made noisy preparations to go to war against Saddam Hussein, it was also purposefully planning another war. But this enemy, unlike Hussein, was strangely passive in the face of these threatening maneuvers. The government's other enemy was the American media, and the quiet assault on its constitutional freedoms during Operation Desert Storm was unprecedented in American history.

Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War documents in vivid detail the behind the scenes activities by the U.S. and Kuwaiti governments, as well as the media's own cooperation when its rights to observe, question, and report were increasingly limited. In frank and startling interviews with, among others, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Ben Bradlee, Katharine Graham, Robert Wright, and Pete Williams, author John R. MacArthur shows how the press corps was treated more like a fifth column than as representatives of a free people. MacArthur demonstrates how, despite the torrent of words and images from the Persian Gulf, Americans were systematically and deliberately kept in the dark about events, politics, and simple facts during the Gulf crisis. With a reporter's critical eye and a historian's sensibility, he traces decades of press-government relations — during Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama — which helped set the stage for restrictions on Gulf War reporting and for a public-relations triumph by the government. His analysis of the issues that confronted the media in this war is frightening testimony to what happens when the government goes unchallenged, when questions go unasked.

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