News The Politics of Illusion

ISBN-10: 0205082416
ISBN-13: 9780205082414
Edition: 9th 2012
Authors: W. Lance Bennett
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Book details

List price: $75.73
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Updated in a new 9th Edition, News: The Politics of Illusion , by W. Lance Bennett discusses and analyzes the dramatic shifts in news consumption and creation that have both ended and begun new eras of journalism in our time. How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In exploring this core question, this book examines both how political actors work their messages into the news and how journalists and news organizations report the news.

Foreword
Preface
The News About Democracy: Information Crisis in American Politics
The Economic Collapse of the News Business
Who Needs Journalists with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter?
Who Follows the News?
Scare Them and They May Pay Attention: Communicating with Elusive Audiences
Governing with the News
How the News Went to War in Iraq
What About Evidence? An Uncomfortable Truth About Journalism
A Definition of News
Gatekeeping: Who and What Make the News
Politicians, Press, and the People
The First Amendment: Why Free Speech Does Not Guarantee Good Information
The Fragile Link Between News and Democracy
Notes
News Stories: Four Information Biases That Matter
Putting Journalistic Bias in Perspective
What's Wrong with a Partisan Press?
A Different Kind of Bias
Four Information Biases That Matter: An Overview
Four Information Biases in the News: An In-Depth Look
Bias as Part of the Political Information System
News Bias and Discouraged Citizens
Reform Anyone?
Notes
Citizens and the News: Public Opinion and Information Processing
News and the Battle for Public Opinion
Reaching Inattentive Publics
Selling the Iraq War
News and Public Opinion: The Citizen's Dilemma
Processing the News
Entertainment and Other Reasons People Follow the News
Citizens, Information, and Politics
Notes
How Politicians Make the News
The Politics of Illusion
The Sources of Political News
News Images as Strategic Political Communication
The Goals of Strategic Political Communication
Symbolic Politics and Strategic Communication
News Management: The Basics
News Management Styles and the Modern Presidency
Press Relations: Feeding the Beast
Government and the Politics of Newsmaking
Notes
How Journalists Report the News
How Spin Works
Work Routines and Professional Norms
Explaining Differences in the Quality of Reporting
How Routine 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?
Notes
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
Objectivity Reconsidered
Notes
The Political Economy of News and the End of a Journalism Era
The News Business in Freefall
The Loss of News as a Public Good
How We Got Here: Profits vs. the Public Interest
Replacing Quality News with Infotainment
The Economic Transformation of the American Media
Corporate Profit Logic and News Content
The Political Economy of News
Effects of Media Concentration: Why Government Deregulation Was Bad for Public Information
News on the Internet: Perfecting the Commercialization of Information
Technology, Economics, and Social Change
Notes
All the News That Fits Democracy: Solutions for Citizens, Politicians, and Journalists
Media Convergence and the Loss of Gatekeeping
The Isolated Citizen
The Deliberative Citizen
Personalized Information and the Future of Democracy
Whither the Public Sphere?
Three American Myths About Public Information
News and Power in America: Ideal vs. Reality
Why the Myth of a Free Press Persists
Proposals for Citizens, Journalists, and Politicians
The Promise and Peril of Virtual Democracy
Balancing Democracy and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Place to Start
Notes
Index

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