Democracy Without Citizens: Media and the Decay of American Politics / Edition 1

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In this analysis, Robert Entman identifies a "vicious circle of interdependence" as the key dilemma facing American journalism. He argues that the mass media cannot provide consistently high-quality, independent political journalism, because selling such a product -- which might create a sophisticated citizenry -- requires an audience that is already sophisticated. Entman offers observations on the real biases of the media, presidents' management of news "spin," and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195065763
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Robert Entman teaches public policy studies and political science at Duke University and is co-author of Media Power Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part I. Understanding Media Influence
1. The Dilemma of Journalism: Democracy Without Citizens 17
2. Objectivity, Bias, and Slant in the News 30
3. Straight Talk on Slanted News: "Bias" and Accountability in Reporting Carter and Reagan 39
4. How the Media Affect What People Think--and Think They Think 75
Part II. Improving Journalism
5. Newspaper Competition and Free Press Ideals: Does Monopoly Matter? 91
6. Faith and Mystification in Broadcast Deregulation 102
7. Improving Journalism by Enhancing Citizenship 125
Appendix A. Citizenship and Opinions: Data and Statistical Analysis 141
Appendix B. Public Opinion Impacts: Data and Statistical Analysis 144
Appendix C. Newspaper Competition: Data and Statistical Analysis 158
Notes 165
Bibliography 205
Index 223
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