Media Power in Politics / Edition 2

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Although there may not be a consensus on what the media's role in politics is or should be, it is clear that the media's pervasive influence has profoundly changed politics in America. In this collection of 37 essays (15 of them new to this edition), Graber explores the history of mass media and its ability to shape political agendas. The new essay titles include, Open Season: How the News Media Cover Presidential Campaigns in the Age of Attack Journalism and I Am on TV, Therefore I Am.

Reveals how the media affect Congress and the executive branch, political parties, organized lobbies and individuals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871875150
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Section 1 Mass Media Effects in Perspective

1.1 The Effectiveness of Mass Communication Joseph T. Klapper 7

1.2 The Influence and Effects of Mass Media Denis McQuail 19

1.3 Newspapers Walter Lippmann 37

1.4 El Salvador's Civil War as Seen in North and South American Press Walter C. Soderlund Carmen Schmitt 45

1.5 Before and After The Day After: The Unexpected Results of a Televised Drama William C. Adams Dennis J. Smith Allison Salzman Ralph Grosser Scott Hieher Tom Naccarato William Vantine Nine Weisbroth 54

1.6 Attitudes About the Media: A Five Country Comparison Laurence Parisot 66

Section 2 Shaping the Political Agenda

2.1 The Agenda-Setting Function of the Press Maxwell E. McCombs Donald L. Shaw 73

2.2 The Agenda-Setting Function of the Media: Child Abuse Barbara J. Nelson 83

2.3 Communication and Community Conflict Phillip J. Tichenor George A. Donahue Clarice N. Olien 96

2.4 What Moves Public Opinion? Benjamin I. Page Robert Y. Shapiro Glenn R. Dempsey 108

2.5 Television News and Citizens Explanations of National Affairs Shanto Iyengar 124

2.6 Charting the Mainstream: Television's Contributions to Political Orientations George Gerbner Larry Gross Michael Morgan Nancy Signorielli 136

Section 3 Influencing Election Outcomes 145

3.1 The Media in Elections: Evidence on the Role and the Impact Dean E. Alger 147

3.2 Campaign Organizations Confront the Media-Political Environment F. Christopher Arterton 161

3.3 Newspapers in Campaigns David Nyhan 170

3.4 Views of Winners and Losers Thomas E. Patterson 176

3.5 The Great American Video Game Martin Schram 184

3.6 Show Horses in House Elections: The Advantages and Disadvantages of National Media Visibility Timothy E. Cook 193

Section 4 Affecting Political Actors and the Balance of Power 205

4.1 President Bush's News Conference, March 7, 1989 207

4.2 The Six O'clock Presidency: Patterns of Network News Coverage of the President Fred T. Smoller 214

4.3 The Three Faces of Ronald Reagan David L. Paletz K. Kendall Guthrie 226

4.4 Three Faces of Congressional Media Michael J. Robinson 240

4.5 The Media and Watergate Gladys Engel Lang Kurt Lang 255

4.6 Collective Political Action and Media Strategy: The Case of Yamit Gadi Wolfsfeld 263

4.7 Making Protest Movements Newsworthy Todd Gitlin 276

Section 5 Guiding Public Policies 287

5.1 Homicide and Bargained Justice: The Agenda-Setting Effect of Crime News on Prosecutors David Pritchard 289

5.2 Television and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of the Iran Hostage Crisis James F. Larson 301

5.3 News Coverage as the Contagion of Terrorism: Dangerous Charges Backed by Dubious Science Robert G. Picard 313

5.4 The Impact of Investigative Reporting on Public Opinion and Policymaking: Targeting Toxic Waste David L. Protess Fay Lomax Cook Thomas R. Curtin Margaret T. Gordon Donna R. Leff Maxwell E. McCombs Peter Miller 324

5.5 Reporters and Congressmen: Living in Symbiosis Susan Heilmann Miller 338

5.6 Elite Ideology and Risk Perception in Nuclear Energy Policy Stanley Rothman S. Robert Lichter 346

Section 6 Controlling Media Effects 355

6.1 The Politics of Broadcast Regulation Erwin G. Krasnow Lawrence D. Longley Herbert A. Terry 357

6.2 How Policymakers Deal with the Press Martin Linsky 370

6.3 Chernobyl: The Packaging of Transnational Ecological Disaster Timothy W. Luke 379

6.4 Government Secrecy and the Media in the United States and Britain John Downing 390

6.5 International Information: Bullet or Boomerang? René Jean Ravault 398

6.6 Public Relations Efforts for the Third World: Images in the News Robert B. Albritton Jarol B. Manheim 404


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