The “Infamous Scribblers” of Early America

June 21, 2015 With Eric Burns
The term was used at the time to describe the leading journalists who  defamed Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams and Washington himself.  In 2006 Eric Burns did a detailed and fascinating book about them and about their temptation toward blackmail. Here he is in a memorable discussion  on the eve of the publication of his book and its startling revelations about just how low was the point from which American political journalism began.