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Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy
     

Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy

by James Fallows
 

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Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because show like "The McLaughlin Group" reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. These are just a few of the arguments that have made

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Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because show like "The McLaughlin Group" reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. These are just a few of the arguments that have made Breaking the News so controversial and so widely acclaimed. Drawing on his own experience as a National Book Award-winning journalist—and on the gaffes of colleagues from George Will to Cokie Roberts—Fallows shows why the media have not only lost our respect but alienated us from our public life.

"Important and lucid...It moves smartly beyond the usual attacks on sensationalism and bias to the more profound problems in modern American journalism...dead-on."—Newsweek

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Featuring a new afterword, "Fallows's rousing jeremiad is an important beacon for everyone concerned about the news media's poor performance in helping the public make sane choices about the way we live, work and govern," said PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
How the media give us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truthas they want us to see it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679758563
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
438,560
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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