Media Power in Politics

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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, ...
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Overview

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: 9780871877857
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 439
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Topic Correlation Chart xi

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Putting Mass Media Effects in Perspective 5

1 The Influence and Effects of Mass Media Denis McQuail 7

2 Political Communication Systems and Democratic Values Michael Gurevitch Jay G. Blumler 25

3 Newspapers Walter Lippmann 37

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

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

6 How Synthetic Experience Shapes Social Reality G. Ray Funkhouser Eugene F. Shaw 66

Part II Shaping the Political Agenda and Public Opinion 75

7 Agenda-Setting Research: Where Has It Been, Where Is It Going? Everett M. Rogers James W. Bearing 77

8 The Agenda-Setting Function of the Media: Child Abuse Barbara J. Nelson 96

9 News Source Use in the Crash of 1987: A Study of Four National Media Dominic L. Lasorsa Stephen D. Reese 110

10 What Moves Public Opinion? Benjamin I. Page Robert Y. Shapiro Glenn R. Dempsey 123

11 Television News and Citizens' Explanations of National Affairs Shanto Iyengar 139

12 Charting the Mainstream: Television's Contributions to Political Orientations George Gerbner Larry Gross Michael Morgan Nancy Signorielli 150

Part III Influencing Election Outcomes 159

13 The Media in Elections: Evidence on the Role and the Impact Dean E. Alger 161

14 Views of Winners and Losers Thomas E. Patterson 176

15 The Great American Video Game Martin Schram 184

16 Open Season: How the News Media Cover Presidential Campaigns in the Age of Attack Journalism Larry J. Sabato 193

17 The Formation of Campaign Agendas in the United States and Britain Holli A. Semetko Jay G. Blumler Michael Gurevitch David H. Weaver Steve Barkin G. Cleveland Wilhoit 204

18 Show Horses in House Elections: The Advantages and Disadvantages of National Media Visibility Timothy E. Cook 212

Part IV Controlling Media Power: Political Actors Versus the Press 225

19 The Six O'Clock Presidency: Patterns of Network News Coverage of the President Fred T. Smoller 227

20 Surrogate State Department? Times Coverage of Palestine, 1948 Bruce J. Evensen 239

21 Three Faces of Congressional Media Michael J. Robinson 248

22 I Am on TV Therefore I Am Stephen Hess 264

23 The Media and Watergate Gladys Engel Lang Kurt Lang 273

24 Media, Protest, and Political Violence: A Transactional Analysis Gadi Wolfsfeld 281

25 The Manufacture of 'Public Opinion' by Reporters: Informal Cues for Public Perceptions of Protest Groups Douglas M. McLeod James K. Hertog 296

Part V Guiding Public Policies 311

26 Homicide and Bargained Justice: The Agenda-Setting Effect of Crime News on Prosecutors David Pritchard 313

27 Mass Media Roles in Foreign Policy Patrick O'Heffernan 325

28 Reporting the Gulf War William Hachten Marva Hachten 337

29 The Impact of Investigative Reporting on Public Opinion and Policy Making: Targeting Toxic Waste David L. Profess Fay Lomax Cook Thomas R. Curtin Margaret T. Gordon Donna R. Leff Maxwell E. McCombs Peter Miller 346

30 John L. Hess and the Nursing Home Scandal V. Robert Miraldi 360

31 Elite Ideology and Risk Perception in Nuclear Energy Policy Stanley Rothman S. Robert Lickter 370

Part VI Regulating and Manipulating Media Effects 379

32 The Politics of Broadcast Regulation Erwin G. Krasnow Lawrence D. Longley Herbert A. Terry 381

33 The Norman Conquest: Freedom of the Press in Britain and America Harold Evans 395

34 How Policy Makers Deal with the Press Martin Linsky 403

35 Chernobyl: The Packaging of Transnational Ecological Disaster Timothy W. Luke 412

36 International Information: Bullet or Boomerang? René Jean Ravault 423

37 Strategic Communication Jarol B. Manheim 429

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