Behind the Front Page: A Candid Look at How the News Is Made

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Broder, longtime political correspondent for the Washington Post, takes a gentlemanly look at contemporary journalism and comes up with a mild surprise or two. He is impressed, for example, by the way our neighbors to the north handle media coverage of national campaigns and proposes that ``catching up with the Canadians'' wouldn't be a bad way for our own media to begin improving itself. Unfortunately, he isn't altogether clear on what needs improving. (He admits that he doesn't take seriously the charge of media bias, for one thing.) The book is, for the most part, a sprawling discussion of the way presidential campaigns are covered, the relationship between journalists and public officials in general and , in particular, the relationship between the White House press corps and what he calls ``the White House propaganda machine.'' Major ad/promo; author tour. (April)
Library Journal
An eminent political columnist for the Washington Post, known for his insightful commentary, maintains that explanatory tone in considering news coverage of presidential aspirants and White House incumbents. Broder asks why the public is confused about political news and commentators' views. The truth that each reporter feels he or she presents may, in truth, be his or her own truth. Columnists and reporters, Broder says, need to hear from readers and viewers to understand how their bias or their intentionally bias-free writing is perceived. This book should assist readers in seeing how reporters shape what they write, and why. For general and specialized media/politics collections. Abraham Z. Bass, Journalism Dept., Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743205504
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,040,839
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Clique Journalism 11
Part 1 Missing the Story
Chapter 1 Taken Out of Context 23
Chapter 2 Misjudged Characters 50
Chapter 3 Plots That Failed 94
Part 2 Covering the Beats
A Bit of Background 133
Chapter 4 From--and by--the White House 148
Chapter 5 Reagan's Way--and a Better Way 176
Chapter 6 The View from Capitol Hill 208
Chapter 7 Campaigns: Horse-race Journalism 238
Chapter 8 Campaigns: Who's in Charge Here? 270
Part 3 Keeping the Trust
Chapter 9 Bias--and Other Sins 305
Chapter 10 A Journalist's Values 341
Acknowledgments 369
Suggested Reading 371
Index 375
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