Is This the Best Philosophy Can Do? Henry R. Luce and A Free and Responsible Press

S Bates, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Why did Time Inc. editor-in-chief Henry R. Luce spend US$200,000 on the Commission on Freedom of the Press and then denounce its conclusions? Scholars have surmised that he wanted to quell criticism and to forestall regulation of his media properties. But internal documents from Time Inc. suggest that Luce was dismayed over what he considered major gaps in the report’s philosophical argument, perhaps exacerbated by personal pique over having been excluded from Commission meetings. This is the first study of the Commission to use Time Inc.’s company files. © 2017, AEJMC.