Covering Congress / Edition 1

Covering Congress / Edition 1

by Everette E. Dennis, Robert W. Snyder
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560009462

ISBN-13: 9781560009467

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Observers of media-government relations most often think first of conflicts with the executive branch, yet interactions between Congress and the media have been extensive and varied since the first Washington "correspondents" began sending dispatches from the sessions of Congress. In recent years the relationship between Congress and the news media has

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Overview

Observers of media-government relations most often think first of conflicts with the executive branch, yet interactions between Congress and the media have been extensive and varied since the first Washington "correspondents" began sending dispatches from the sessions of Congress. In recent years the relationship between Congress and the news media has grown more complex. Coverage of Congress by the print and electronic media is extensive. At the same tune, Congress has increasing power to make communications policy that will have an important impact on the ability of the media to conduct their affairs, both economically and politically. Covering Congress explores those aspects of the relationship between the media and Congress that shape the news that reaches an information-seeking public.

The contributors consider Congress as the source of much news as well as a great deal of self-promotion. They note there is neither a broad nor deep understanding of our national legislature in the United States. Contributors try to remedy this shortcoming by looking at the overall picture, the media scene on Capitol Hill, the messages that reach beyond Washington, and the history of relations between the Congress and the press. They discuss such issues as: the relationship Newt Gingrich has forged between his office and the media, perhaps at his own peril; the importance of speed over substance when reporting from Capitol Hill; the unflattering image of Congress as depicted in political cartoons; and the unparalleled power wielded by Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn when he dealt with the national media.

Congress depends on the media to reach the public but also has considerable muscle to shape its media relations when it has strong leadership and a coherent plan. It usually lacks these, but Congress does much to try to project a friendly face to the public through the media, facilitating interviews hi Capitol Hill radio and television studios. Regardless of what happens in any particular election, it is clear that Congress is fully alert to the modern communications age and that the consequences of this encounter are likely to be accentuated in the years ahead. Covering Congress is a necessary addition to the libraries of communications scholars, media specialists, political scientists, historians, and sociologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009467
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Media Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Congressional Index3
1Congress - Boom Box and Black Box7
2Evolution and Revolution19
3Getting Out the Message27
4Speed Over Substance29
5Getting on the Radar Screen33
6Toward Civic-minded Media43
7Making News, Making Law45
8Behind the Noise on the Floor55
9Big Picture and Local Angle57
10New Media, Old Messages65
11Getting the Whole Truth75
12Showtime for Democracy81
13Hollywood Goes to Congress89
14Coverage - The Void at Home99
15Kingmakers, Kingbreakers105
16Not a Pretty Picture113
17Unexpected Consequences - New Media and Congress125
18Race, Rules and Reporting131
19Rayburn, the Workhorse139
20Many Questions, Few Answers149
For Further Reading161
Index163

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