Good Intentions Make Bad News: Why Americans Hate Campaign Journalism

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August 1996



Examines the media's mission to provide 'the truth' about presidential campaigns.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Power Play Chapter 3 The Reagan Reaction Chapter 4 The Search for Substance Chapter 5 Whose Agenda is it, Anyway? Chapter 6 Freeze-Frame Journalism Chapter 7 The Media's Character Test Chapter 8 Credibility in the Balance Chapter 9 The Talk Show Campaign Chapter 10 Putting People First Chapter 11 Postscript: There They Go Again


S. Robert Lichter is the co-author of When Should the Watchdogs Bark? Media Coverage of the Clinton Scandals and Roots of Radicalism: Jews, Christians, and the New Left. He is co-director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., and is a visiting professor of Government at Georgetown University. Richard Noyes is the Political Studies Director at the Center for Media and Public Affairs.


Nothing in American politics attracts more commentary than the news coverage of presidential elections. Bob Lichter's devotion to the collection of hard data through content analysis of the performance of the news media distinguishes his commentary from most of the pack, and gives this book special value. -- Nelson W. Polsby, University of California This book is must reading for every newsperson who wants to improve journalism, every politician who needs to understand the press's obstacle course, and every citizen who is concerned about the news media. This accessible and smoothly written volume is perfectly suited for a wide variety of classroom uses. -- Larry J. Sabato, University of Virginia This book is a must for scholars interested in campaign journalism and would be appropriate fare for upper-division or graduate students in journalism, political science or public affairs. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly A stunning analysis that confirms Lippman's proposition that news and truth seldom coincide. -- Thomas E. Patterson, author of The Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their President A clear strength of the text is extensive use of actual coverage from network reports ... This book is a must for scholars interested in campaign journalism and would be appropriate fare for upper-division or graduate students in journalism, political science, or public affairs. -- Dwight DewerthPallmeyer, Utica College of Syracuse University The authors rightly suggest that it's time for journalists to 'narrate' the presidential campaign instead of trying to 'arbitrate' it-that is, drop editorializing and get back to reporting... Perhaps the most extensive review ever of newspaper stories, TV clips, and candidates' speeches. -- Morton Kondracke Roll Call ... splendid book. "An impressive piece of media criticism...definitive proof that the press can't cover scientific and medical issues without going off the deep end." -- Fred Barnes The Weekly Standard
EAN: 9780847682737
ISBN: 0847682730
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1996
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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