The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion / Edition 1

The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion / Edition 1

by David A. Yalof, Kenneth Dautrich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521011817

ISBN-13: 9780521011815

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"In light of recent frustrations with the press over its increasingly sensationalistic coverage of the news, no liberty may be more vulnerable to the vagaries of the current political climate than the freedom of the press. By considering public opinion data from two original surveys (in 1997 and 1999) on free press rights against the backdrop of modern First Amendment…  See more details below

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"In light of recent frustrations with the press over its increasingly sensationalistic coverage of the news, no liberty may be more vulnerable to the vagaries of the current political climate than the freedom of the press. By considering public opinion data from two original surveys (in 1997 and 1999) on free press rights against the backdrop of modern First Amendment jurisprudence, the authors offer new and original insights into the nature of popular support for these rights. Their findings are as comforting as they are counterintuitive: Public support for the constitutional right to a free press remains as strong as ever, even as its most visible practitioners find themselves increasingly under siege." In offering this argument, Yalof and Dautrich stake a position in an age-old debate over the true value and worth of public opinion. Their findings endorse the notion of a "rational" public as well as the strength of press freedoms in our society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521011815
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Freedom of the Press and the Power of Public Opinion1
2Surveying the Public on Press Freedoms26
3What Americans Know About the Freedom of the Press39
4Public Support for the Freedom of the Press56
5Support for Press Freedoms Across Media: Comparing Print, Electronic, and the "New Media"75
6Support for Press Freedoms within a Medium: Elite, Mainstream, and Tabloid News Sources95
7Public Opinion, the First Amendment, and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century111
App.: Annotated Questionnaires123
References145
Index151

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