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Governing with the News The News Media as a Political Institution

ISBN-10: 0226115011
ISBN-13: 9780226115016
Edition: 2nd 2005
Authors: Timothy E. Cook
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The ideal of a neutral, objective press has proven in recent years to be just that—an ideal. In Governing with the News, Timothy E. Cook goes far beyond the single claim that the press is not impartial to argue that the news media are in fact a political institution integral to the day-to-day operations of our government. This updated edition includes a new afterword by the author, which pays close attention to two key developments in the twenty-first century: the accelerating fragmentation of the mass media and the continuing decline of Americans' confidence in the press. "Provocative and often wise. . . . Cook, who has a complex understanding of the relationship between governing and the news, provides a fascinating account of the origins of this complicity."—James Bennet, Washington Monthly "[Governing with the News] addresses central issues of media impact and power in fresh, illuminating ways. . . . Cook mines a wealth of historical and organizational literature to assert that the news media are a distinct political institution in our democratic system."—Robert Schmuhl, Commonweal

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Don't We Call Journalists Political Actors?
The Political Development of the American News Media
The Decline of the Sponsored Press: American Newspapers in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
The Subsidized News Media
The Media as a Political Institution
The Institutional News Media
The Political News Media
Government by Publicity
The Uses of News: Theory and (Presidential) Practice
Beyond the White House
Conclusion: The First Amendment and the Fourth Branch-Toward Redesigning a News Media Policy
Notes
Index

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