Attack the Messenger How Politicians Turn You Against the Media

ISBN-10: 0742538176
ISBN-13: 9780742538177
Edition: N/A
Authors: Craig Crawford
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Description: Attack the Messenger is an objective look at the loss of public trust in the news media-and the resulting threat to American democracy. Biased, sloppy, and sometimes deceitful reporting is partly to blame, but this book primarily examines how  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Attack the Messenger is an objective look at the loss of public trust in the news media-and the resulting threat to American democracy. Biased, sloppy, and sometimes deceitful reporting is partly to blame, but this book primarily examines how politicians declared war on the media's role as an honest broker of information-and won. Craig Crawford takes readers who crave truth in news through the power struggle between the government and mainstream media, as well as directs them on how to avoid political propaganda and find the most reliable news sources.

Acknowledgments
Turning the Tables
The Setup
The Sting
The Fallout
Media on the Run
Blame the Messenger
The Downside of the Media's Fall
Bring Back Believable Reporting
Arrogance Is a Blinding Weakness
Media Wimps
Standing Up to Power
A President Lies
Parse That Sentence
Choosing to Lie
That Other West Wing Affair
"I Did Not Have Sexual Relations..."
Spinning Lies
Gambling with the Truth
The Rewards of Lying
The History of Propaganda
Spinning the Drug War
The Spin Room
A War Story
A Press Subdued
Jefferson and Lincoln against the Press
The White House Briefing as Performance Art
The TV Generals
Who Will Tell the Truth?
Losing Public Faith
Dropping the Ball
Media Glory Days
Drawing Conclusions
The "Dover Test"
The End of an Era
Rather Moments
Chilling Effect
Vietnam Redux
The Son Rises
Winners and Losers
Old Media versus New Media
A "Huge Assumption"
At the Mercy of Spin
Fear in the Newsroom
The Politicians Win
Media Culpa
Struggling to Matter
My Hate Mail
Getting It Wrong
Why I Don't Vote
Explaining Ourselves
How to Get the Real Story
C-SPAN
The Associated Press
Public Broadcasting
Don Imus
The Gray Ladies
Ombudsmen and Critics
The National Networks
Opinion as News
Shouting the News
Cable Watch
The Internet
Old Media's Comeback Trail
What Now?
Taking the Lead
Acknowledging Bias
Politicians on the Loose
Let Us Be Rude Again
Keep It between the Ditches
Poll Watch: Public Confidence in the Press
Media Resource Guide
Notes
Index
About the Author

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