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

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

by Robert M. Entman
 

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ISBN-10: 019506576X

ISBN-13: 9780195065763

Pub. Date: 09/28/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this penetrating 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

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In this penetrating 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 provocative observations on the real biases of the media, presidents' management of news 'spin, ' and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195065763
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Part I.Understanding Media Influence
1.The Dilemma of Journalism: Democracy Without Citizens17
2.Objectivity, Bias, and Slant in the News30
3.Straight Talk on Slanted News: "Bias" and Accountability in Reporting Carter and Reagan39
4.How the Media Affect What People Think--and Think They Think75
Part II.Improving Journalism
5.Newspaper Competition and Free Press Ideals: Does Monopoly Matter?91
6.Faith and Mystification in Broadcast Deregulation102
7.Improving Journalism by Enhancing Citizenship125
Appendix A.Citizenship and Opinions: Data and Statistical Analysis141
Appendix B.Public Opinion Impacts: Data and Statistical Analysis144
Appendix C.Newspaper Competition: Data and Statistical Analysis158
Notes165
Bibliography205
Index223

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