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Part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, this renowned book, known for a lively writing style, provocative point of view, and exceptional scholarship, has been thoroughly revised and updated, including up-to-the-minute case studies and the latest research. This favorite of both instructors and students is a "behind-the-scenes" tour of news in American politics. The core question explored in this book is: How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In investigating this question, the book examines how various political actors - from presidents and members of Congress, to interest organizations and citizen-activists - try to get their messages into the news.
Table of Contents
The News About Democracy: An Introduction to Governing the American Political System
What Happened to Politics?
Governing with the News
How the News Went to War
What About Evidence? An Uncomfortable Truth About Journalism
Case Study: The "Truthiness" About News
News and Democracy: From the Pony Express to the Web
Gatekeeping: Who and What Make the News
Politicians, Press, and the People
A Definition of News
Consumer-Driven Democracy: A New Gatekeeping?
Soft News and the Turn Away from Politics
The First Amendment: Why Free Speech Does Not Guarantee Good Information
What the First Amendment Is Protecting and the FCC Is Licensing
What Kind of News Would Better Serve Democracy?
The Fragile Link Between News and Democracy
News Content: Four Information Biases That Matter
Putting Journalistic Bias in Perspective
What's Wrong with Press Bias and Political Partisanship?
A Different Kind of Bias
Four Information Biases That Matter: An Overview
Case Study: How George W. Bush Got His Swagger
Four Information Biases in the News: An In-Depth Look
Bias as Part of the Political Information System
News Bias and Discouraged Citizens
Citizens and the News: Public Opinion and Information Processing
News and the Battle for Public Opinion
Reaching Publics with News Images
Selling the Iraq War
News and Public Opinion: The Citizen's Dilemma
Case Study: National Attention Deficit Disorder?
Processing the News
News Frames and Politicial Learning
Entertainment and Other Reasons People Follow the News
Citizens, Information, and Politics
How Politicians Make the News
Case Study: How Global Warming Became a Partisan News Story
The Politics of Illusion
The Sources of Political News
News Images as Strategic Political Communication
News Bias and Press-Government Relations
The Goals of Strategic Political Communication
Symbolic Politics and the Techniques of Image Making
News Management: The Basics
News Management Styles and the Modern Presidency
Press Relations: Feeding the Beast
Government and the Politics of Newsmaking
How Journalists Report the News
Work Routines and Professional Norms
When Routines Produce High-Quality Reporting
Case Study: Top Ten Reasons the Press Took a Pass on the Iraq War
How Reporting Practices Contribute to News Bias
Reporters and Officials: Cooperation and Control
Reporters as Members of News Organizations: Pressures to Standardize
Reporters as a Pack: Pressures to Agree
The Paradox of Organizational Routines
When Journalism Works
Democracy With or Without Citizens?
Inside the Profession: Objectivity and the Political Authority Bias
Journalists and Their Profession
The Paradox of Objective Reporting
Defining Objectivity: Fairness, Balance, and Truth
The Curious Origins of Objective Journalism
Professional Journalism in Practice
Case Study: Why Mainstream Professional Journalism Favors Spin over Truth
The Political Economy of News
Profits and News Bias
The Economic Transformation of the American Media
Corporate Profit Logic and News Content
The Political Economy of News
Economics Versus Democracy: Inside the News Business
The Media Monopoly: Arguments For and Against
Case Study: Ownership Deregulation and the Citizen's Movement for Social Responsibility in Broadcast Standards
Effects of the Media Monopoly: Five Information Trends
How Does Corporate Influence Operate?
News on the Internet: Perfecting the Commercialization of Information?
Commercialized Information and Citizen Confidence
Megatrends: Technology, Economics, and Social Change
All the News That Fits Democracy: Solutions for Citizens, Politicians, and Journalists
The Isolated Citizen
The Deliberative Citizen
Personalized Information and the Future of Democracy
Whither the Public Sphere?
The News About Corporate Ownership in the Media System
The News About Public Broadcasting
The News About Objective Journalism
News and Power in America: Ideal Versus Reality
Why the Myth of a Free Press Persists
Proposals for Citizens, Journalists, and Politicians
Case Study: Citizen Input-From Interactive News to Desktop Democracy
The Promise and Peril of Virtual Democracy
Balancing Democracy and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Place to Start
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