Media Bias: Finding It, Fixing It / Edition 1

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In this book, scholars examine the many prevailing arguments about media bias from a non-polemical perspective. Essays cover individual forms of bias, including ideology, politics, television, photography, religion, abortion, homosexuality, gender, race, crime, environment, region, military, corporate ownership, labor and health. Each essay introduces the topic, presents arguments for and against the specific bias, assesses the evidence for all arguments, and includes a list of suggested readings. Two additional essays discuss the broader aspects of the bias debate and give a personal perspective on reporting the controversial Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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well-documented...beautifully organized and documented...highly recommended
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When it comes to the topic of bias in the media, both liberals and conservatives agree on one thing-that the media is biased against their viewpoints. In this important book, journalism scholars have written essays on such controversial topics as abortion, homosexuality, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and television news. Each piece tries to cut through the existing rhetoric and present both sides of the argument in a fair way. The authors then try to reconcile opposing viewpoints and arrive at a more balanced understanding of the underlying issues. Each essay ends with a Notes section that students of the subject will find invaluable. This book reiterates that journalists have a responsibility to commit to balanced reporting and to avoid catering to their own or others' partisan ideologies. Teens considering majoring in journalism or communications and those who participate on debate teams may be especially interested in this book.
—Catherine GilbrideCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430420
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and editor of numerous books Wm. David Sloan is retired from teaching journalism at the University of Alabama. He lives in Northport, Alabama. Jenn Burleson Mackay is an advanced student in the doctoral program in mass communication at the University of Alabama and has been assistant director of the Graduate Project on Media Bias.

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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Introduction: The Bias Debate   Wm. David Sloan     3
Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Personal View   Bruce J. Evensen     11
Ideology   Michael Ray Smith     24
Political Partisanship   Debra Reddin van Tuyll   Hubert P. van Tuyll     35
Religion   Katie H. Porterfield     50
Abortion   Stephen E. Stewart     65
Homosexuality   Dave Cassady     81
Gender   Ginger Miller Loggins     90
Race and Ethnicity   Tamara K. Baldwin   Henry M. Sessoms     105
Crime   Kay Best Murphy     117
The Environment   Kim Cross     133
Regional Bias   Randall S. Sumpter     150
The Military   Christina Jesson     161
Television News   Jenn Burleson Mackay     175
Photojournalism   Patrick Beeson     184
Corporate Ownership   Katharine A. Birchall     199
Management and Labor   Karen Watts Perkins     214
Health and Medicine   Carmen S. Brown     229
About theContributors     245
Index     249
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