Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues / Edition 1

Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues / Edition 1

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by Jim A. Kuypers
     
 

Kuypers charts the potential effects the printed presses and broadcast media have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality from 116 different newspapers, Kuypers meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This book asserts that such a

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Kuypers charts the potential effects the printed presses and broadcast media have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality from 116 different newspapers, Kuypers meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This book asserts that such a bias hurts the democratic process by ignoring non-mainstream left positions and vilifying many moderate and most right-leaning positions, leaving only a narrow brand of liberal thought supported by the mainstream press.

This book argues that the mainstream press in America is an anti-democratic institution. By comparatively analyzing press reports, as well as the events that occasioned the coverage, Kuypers paints a detailed picture of the politics of the American press. He advances four distinct reportorial practices that inject bias into reporting, offering perspectives of particular interest to scholars, students, and others involved with mass communication, journalism, and politics in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275977597
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2002
Series:
Praeger Series in Political Communication
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Understanding Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues1
2Charles Davidson: "The Confederate Battle Flag: A Symbol of Racism?"27
3William J. Clinton: "Initiative on Race"53
4Louis Farrakhan: "Remarks at the Million Man March"89
5Reggie White: "Speech before the Wisconsin Legislature"119
6Trent Lott: "Armstrong Williams Show Interview Remarks"147
7William J. Clinton: "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner"169
8Press Bias, Politics, and the Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues197
Bibliography263
Index299

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