When the Press Fails Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina

ISBN-10: 0226042855

ISBN-13: 9780226042855

Edition: 2008

Authors: Regina G. Lawrence, Steven Livingston, W. Lance Bennett

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A sobering look at the intimate relationship between political power and the news media,When the Press Failsargues the dependence of reporters on official sources disastrously thwarts coverage of dissenting voices from outside the Beltway. The result is both an indictment of official spin and an urgent call to action that questions why the mainstream press failed to challenge the Bush administration's arguments for an invasion of Iraq or to illuminate administration policies underlying the Abu Ghraib controversy. Drawing on revealing interviews with Washington insiders and analysis of content from major news outlets, the authors illustrate the media's unilateral surrender to White House spin whenever oppositional voices elsewhere in government fall silent. Contrasting these grave failures with the refreshingly critical reporting on Hurricane Katrinaa rare event that caught officials off guard, enabling journalists to enter a no-spin zoneWhen the Press Failsconcludes by proposing new practices to reduce reporters' dependence on power. "The hand-in-glove relationship of the U.S. media with the White House is mercilessly exposed in this determined and disheartening study that repeatedly reveals how the press has toed the official line at those moments when its independence was most needed."George Pendle,Financial Times "Bennett, Lawrence, and Livingston are indisputably right about the news media's dereliction in covering the administration's campaign to take the nation to war against Iraq."Don Wycliff,ChicagoTribune "[This] analysis of the weaknesses of Washington journalism deserves close attention."Russell Baker,New YorkReview of Books
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Introduction The Press and Power
Press Politics In America The Case of the Iraq War
The Semi-Independent Press A Theory of News and Democracy
None Dare Call It Torture Abu Ghraib and the Inner Workings of Press Dependence
The News Reality Filter Why It Matters When the Press Fails
Managing The News Spin, Status, and Intimidation in the Washington Political Culture
Toward An Independent Press A Standard for Public Accountability
Evidence Suggesting a Connection between Abu Ghraib and U.S. Torture Policy
Methods for Analyzing the News Framing of Abu Ghraib
Further Findings from the Content Analysis
Interview Protocol
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