Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media

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Taking a critical perspective on the economics and politics of "presenting" the news, this topical supplement argues that the media systematically distorts news coverage.

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Overview

Taking a critical perspective on the economics and politics of "presenting" the news, this topical supplement argues that the media systematically distorts news coverage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312086299
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1992
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274

Table of Contents

1 From Cronkite's Complaint to Orwell's Oversight 1
Whom to Believe? 2
Cronkite and Other Critics 4
Class, Race, and Gender 9
Image Politics and Conservative Bias 13
Monopoly Politics 18
Do the Media Manage Our Minds? 21
Beyond Orwell's 1984 24
2 "Freedom of the Press Belongs to the Man Who Owns One" 26
A Favored Few 26
Interlocking Control 29
Many Voices, One Chorus 30
3 Who Controls the News? 33
Calling the Tune: Owners 33
Calling the Tune: Advertisers 35
On the Line: Editors 37
Self-Censorship: Reporters 40
The Ruling Culture 42
Suppressing the News 45
4 Objectivity and Government Manipulation 51
The Myth of Objectivity 51
Not Enough Time, Space, and Money? 55
Maintaining Appearances 58
Is It All Economics? 60
Government Manipulation 61
5 The Big Sell 70
The Consumer Ideology 71
Selling the System 74
Public Service for Private Interests 77
Even Sports and Weather 79
6 Giving Labor the Business 83
Business over Labor 83
Nice Bosses, Crazy Strikers 87
The Invisible Worker 92
7 "Liberal" Media, Conservative Bias 95
Creating a "Conservative Mood" 96
Populist Electorate, Conservative Outcome 101
Pundits to the Right 103
How to Discredit Protestors 105
8 The Media Fight the Red Menace 112
Enter the Red Menace 112
The Cold War 116
The Creation of Joe McCarthy 119
Rational Hysteria 121
Twists and Turns 124
Celebrating the Collapse of Communism 128
9 Doing the Third World 137
The Vietnam Apology 138
Murder in Chile 143
Stomping on Grenada 148
10 For the New World Order 152
The "Totalitarian" Sandinistas 152
A Devil in Panama 157
Celebrating the Massacre of Iraq 163
11 Propaganda Themes 172
American Virtue and "Anti-Americanism" 172
The Nonexistence of Imperialism 175
"Moderate Authoritarian" Regimes 176
Evil, Power-Hungry Leftists 179
Economic "Failures" 184
Democracy Is in the Eyes of the Beholder 186
"Inferior" Peoples and Their Hopeless Ways 188
12 Methods of Misrepresentation 191
Selectivity and Deliberate Omission 191
Lies and Face-Value Transmission 194
False Balancing 198
Framing and Labeling 200
The Greying of Reality 203
Auxiliary Embellishments 205
Placement 207
13 Culture, Control, and Resistance 211
Capitalism and Culture 211
The Limits of Orthodoxy 213
Credibility and the "Liberal Bias" 218
Between Conspiracy and Culture 224
The Conflict Within 227
Appendix: A Guide to Alternative Media 229
Notes 233
Index 255
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