It Ain't Necessarily So How the Media Remake Our Picture of Reality

ISBN-10: 0142001465
ISBN-13: 9780142001462
Edition: 2002
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Description: Anthrax scares. Airplane crashes. The AIDS epidemic. Presidential election polls and voting results. Global warming. All these news stories require scientific savvy, first to report, and then-for the average person-to understand. It Ain't  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/24/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Anthrax scares. Airplane crashes. The AIDS epidemic. Presidential election polls and voting results. Global warming. All these news stories require scientific savvy, first to report, and then-for the average person-to understand. It Ain't Necessarily Socuts through the confusion and inaccuracies surrounding media reporting of scientific studies, surveys, and statistics. Whether the problem is bad science, media politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge, this book gives news consumers the tools to penetrate the hype and dig out the facts. "Whether it's a scientific study on day care or health care, hunger in America or the environment, once it gets into the hands of journalists - look out! You may think you're getting the straight story - but it ain't necessarily so, as this aptly named book makes clear. But beware: It Ain't Necessarily Somay confirm your worst fears about the media. Which is precisely why it's such an important contribution to our understanding of how things really operate inside the American newsroom." (Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias)

Joel Schwartz is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) & is the author of several books. He lives in the Washington, DC metro area.

David Murray is the director of research at the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS). He has written articles for dozens of publications, including the "Wall Street Journal", "Washington Post", "Christian Science Monitor", & "Roll Call" & has appeared on various shows on the History Channel, CNN, NBC, ABC, & NPR. He lives in the Washington, DC metro area.

S. Robert Lichter is co-director of the nonpartisan Center for Media & Public Affairs (CMPA) & co-author of over 10 books, including "Peepshow". Lichter frequently appears on FOX News & Radio America. He lives in the Washington, DC, metro area.

Prologue
Introduction Making News and Making Sense: The News That's "Fit to Print"
The Ambiguity of News
The News That isn't There: Stories That Are--and Aren't--Covered
Much Ado About Little: Making News Mountains out of Research Molehills
The Ambiguity of Measurement
Bait and Switch: Understanding "Tomato" Statistics
The Perils of Proxies: Is There a There There?
Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? A Look at Statistics from Both Sides Now
Polls Apart: The Gertrude Stein Approach to Making Sense of Contradictory Surveys
The Reality and Rhetoric of Risk: Telling It Like It Is--and Isn't
Distinguishing "Reports" from Reality: Confusing the Map with the Territory
The Ambiguity of Explanation
Blaming the Messenger, Ignoring the Message: Do Motives Matter?
Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots: The Danger of Hedgehog Interpretations
Conclusion: Hard to Tell: Journalism, Science, and Public Policy--An Inherent Conflict?
Afterword: The Anthrax Feeding Frenzy
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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