When Politicians Attack Party Cohesion in the Media

ISBN-10: 0521603072
ISBN-13: 9780521603072
Edition: 2010
Authors: Tim Groeling
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Tim Groeling is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UCLA. With Matthew A. Baum, he is the co-author of War Stories: The Causes and Consequences of Public Views of War. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Organization, Political Communication, Political Behavior, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among other publications.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Singing from the Same Hymnbook: Party Cohesion in the Media
Talking Out of the Same Sides of Their Mouths
Chapter-by-Chapter Overview
�McParty�: Cohesion and the Party �Brand Name�
Man Bites President: The Mediation of Partisan Communication
Breaking the �Eleventh Commandment�: Party Cohesion in Presidential News
Life in the Shadows: The President's Legislative Party as Newsmaker
When Politicians Attack: The Political Implications of Partisan Conflict in the Media
With Enemies Like These: The Silver Lining of Divided Government
Conclusion: Uncircling the Firing Squad: Party Cohesion in a New Media Era
�McParty�: Cohesion and the Party �Brand Name�
Introduction: �Branding� the Republican Party
Parties, American-Style
What Is a Brand Name?
How Are Valuable Brand Names Fostered?
Simplicity
Consistency
Authenticity
Connection to Audience Aspirations
General Threats to Brand Names
Specific Threats to Party Brand Names
Strategies for Controlling �Agency Losses� to the Brand Name
Institutions as Brand-Aids
Controlling Agency Loss at McDonald's
Controlling Agency Loss within Parties
Conclusion
Man Bites President: The Mediation of Partisan Communication
Introduction
Politicians and the News Media
What Is Newsworthy?
Novelty
Conflict
Balance
Authority
On Message: A Typology of Partisan Messages
Putting It Together: Building Stories from Messages
Narrowing the Scope: President-Initiated News
Congress: The Greek Chorus of Presidential News
Making the Choice: Selecting Congressional Responses to Presidential News
Implications of the Novelty Axiom
Implications of the Conflict Axiom
Implications of the Balance Axiom
Implications of the Authority Axiom
Analysis and Hypotheses
A Two-Factor Model of News Content
Conclusion
Breaking the �Eleventh Commandment�: Party Cohesion in Presidential News
Introduction
The Dependent Variable: Praise or Criticism of the President in the News
Solutions
CMPA Dataset
Baum and Groeling Data
Hypothesis Testing
Analysis
Inferring Rhetorical Support from Legislative Support
Inferring Presidential-Party Support from Presidential Popularity
Changing Standards of Newsworthiness
Conclusion
Life in the Shadows: The President's Legislative Party as Newsmaker
Introduction
Literature on Congressional News
Building the Brand Name
Pursuit of Majority Control
Ideological Bonds
Legislative Party Communication Institutions
Message Success and Failure in the Legislative Parties
Congressional Stories
Choosing Stories for a Broadcast
Congress-Initiated Stories in the News
Who Can Initiate Congressional Stories?
Who Can Initiate Congressional Self-Praise?
Verbatim Transcript Search
Who Responds to Congressional News?
Conclusion
When Politicians Attack: The Political Implications of Partisan Conflict in the Media
Introduction
Cheap Talk?
Hypothesis Test #1: Aggregate Analysis, Baum and Groeling Data
Dependent Variables
Control Variables
Explanatory Variables
Base-Model Results
Fully Specified Model Results
Analysis
Hypothesis Test #2: Aggregate Analysis, CMPA Data
Base-Model Results
Fully Specified Model Results
Analysis
Overall Aggregate Results Discussion
Experiments
Experiment #1: Costly Credibility for Independent Viewers
Experiment #2: All Messages, All Partisan Groups
Overall Experimental Results Discussion
Conclusion
With Enemies Like These: The Silver Lining of Divided Government
Introduction: Beware of Charging RINOs
Political Science and Party Government
Divided Control of Government and Public Support
A Practical Preference for Divided Government?
Does Unified Government Enhance Legislative Success?
Fighting Over the Steering Wheel
Divided Government as an �Ironclad Alibi�
Divided Government and Unified Party Communication
Divided Government and a �Conspiracy of Incumbents�
Conclusion: Keeping One's Enemies Closer
Conclusion: Uncircling the Firing Squad: Party Cohesion in a New Media Era
Introduction
Two Factors, Revisited
Making Party Messages More Cohesive
Controlling Message Distribution
The Partisan Press Is Dead. Long Live the Partisan Press
Back to the Future
Self-Selected Sources and Seeing No Evil
Closing Thoughts
References
Index

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