Edited for Television: CNN, ABC and American Presidential Elections / Edition 2

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Edited for Television is a concise, accessible examination of the role of network and cable news media in American presidential campaigns. The second edition acknowledges the political changes that have taken place since the first edition, namely the key policy battles of Clinton’s first two years, the midterm elections, Clinton’s revival as a political force, and the 1996 election. Through all these changes, television continues to cover politics largely as it did four years ago. In particular, television reporters still make themselves and their concerns a central component of the political story.A new closing chapter considers the fact that, despite a deliberate effort by reporters to make their work more substantive in 1996, issue coverage remained sporadic and episodic while thematic content of cable and broadcast news again emphasized the horse race, personalities, process, and, to a lesser extent, nonissues. Examples of CNN and ABC news coverage from 1996 make interesting illustrations for the updated chapters.

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Editorial Reviews

Analyzes the role of television in the 1992 presidential campaign, based on a year-long examination of the content of news broadcasts as they appeared on broadcast (ABC) and cable (CNN) television, and on 44 interviews with members of each network's election news unit. Part I discusses the words and pictures that constituted coverage of the campaign and compares cable and broadcast coverage. Part II assesses the mix of factors that informed election coverage. Part III addresses the implications of the news product for viewers and the impact of forces that create television news on the political system. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813399904
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew R. Kerbel has been writing about the news media ever since he stopped writing for the news media. A one-time radio and television newswriter and employee of Public Broadcasting, he is author of three books on television and politics, and is professor of political science at Villanova University. He lives in Wayne, PA with his wife Adrienne and his daughter Gabrielle.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface to the Second Edition and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The 1992 Campaign: Pictures on Television
2 Cable Versus Broadcast Coverage: Form and Content 15
3 Covering the Coverage: The Self as News 35
4 Issues and Nonissues: Bread and Circuses 50
5 Horserace and Image: Waiting for Perot 71
6 Individuals, Institutions, and Relationships: Stuck in Concrete 90
7 Analysis and Description: "A Philosophical Difference" 106
Pt. 2 The 1992 Campaign: Pictures of Television
8 The Newsroom, the Field, and the Campaign 117
9 News Structures: "I'm Too Old for This!" 122
10 Newsmaking Routines: "This Is Not Brain Surgery" 135
11 Newsworker Orientations: "Inside the Bubble" 144
12 Breaking the Rules 174
Pt. 3 Conclusions
13 The Campaign of 1996: Echoes of the Past 189
14 The Public as Political News Consumers 194
15 Television as a Political Institution 206
Appendix 217
Notes 221
References 235
Index 241
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