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Media Power, Media Politics examines the role and influence of the media in every sphere of American potitics. Organized thematically, the book analyzes the retationship among the media and key institutions, potitical actors, and nongovernmental entities, as wall as the role of the new media, media ethics, and foreign policy coverage. Writen clearly and concisely by leading schotars in the field, the chapters serve as broad overviews to the issues, white discussion questions and suggestions for further reading encourage deeper inquiry. Updated throughout, the second edition includes expanded coverage of the evotving role of new media, a new chapter on terrorism and the media, and new pedagogical exercises and featured interviews with journatists, bioggers, and media advisers.
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Editorial Reviews

This anthology would make a useful text or secondary text for media and politics courses, since the essays are generally accessible to undergraduates and treat a nice range of topics. Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading are also included. While accessible, the essays also employ recent scholarship in this burgeoning field.
The chapters cover many standard topics and some less usual and helpful ones such as bureaucracy, media impact, and ethics. The readings are of uniformly high quality. Some mostly summarize well-known findings, while others provide less familiar detailed information (e.g., on problems with coverage of the Supreme Court).
Allison Clark
Media Power, Media Politics provides an excellent overview of the interaction between different governmental figures and the media. It clearly illustrates how the media covers political actors, and also how political actors seek to utilize the media. The well-written chapters are a great foundation for spurring class discussion. Of the three books I assigned for my Mass Media and Government class, this was clearly the favorite!
Alison Dagnes
My students found Media Power, Media Politics easy to read and it gave them the academic foundation with which to base their theoretical understanding of the media. It is an excellent text that does not seem to go out of date quickly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560673
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of four books on media and U.S. politics. Jeremy D. Mayer is associate professor of public policy at George Mason University and director of the Master's of Public Policy program. He is the author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Media Power, Media Politics Jeremy D. Mayer Mayer, Jeremy D. 1

1 The Presidency and the News Media Jeffrey Crouch Crouch, Jeffrey John Anthony Maltese Maltese, John Anthony 19

2 Congress and the News Media Mark J. Rozell Rozell, Mark J. Richard J. Semiatin Semiatin, Richard J. 43

Interview: The Honorable Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) 63

3 Press Coverage of the United States Supreme Court Vincent James Strickler Strickler, Vincent James Richard Davis Davis, Richard 69

Assignment: Generational Change in Media Consumption 98

4 The Gatekeeping Power of the Media as Illustrated in Its Coverage of Civil Rights and Liberties Nina Therese Kasniunas Kasniunas, Nina Therese 99

Interview: Janet Terry, Local News Writer/Producer 113

5 Bureaucracy and the Media Jan Vermeer Vermeer, Jan 119

Assignment: Media Exposure Survey 134

6 A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing: What We Know about the Role of the Media in State Politics Tari Renner Renner, Tari G. Patrick Lynch Lynch, G. Patrick 137

Interview: Brenna Holmes, Online Political Activist/Consultant 156

7 Political Parties and the Media C. Danielle Vinson Vinson, C. Danielle 159

8 Presidential Elections and the Media Mary E. Stuckey Stuckey, Mary E. Kristina E. Curry Curry, Kristina E. 175

Interview: David Mark, Senior Editor, Politico 199

9 The News Media and Organized Interests in the United States Ronald G. Shaiko Shaiko, Ronald G. 205

Assignment: The Political Message of Your Favorite Movie 230

10 The Media and Public Opinion Stephen K. Medvic Medvic, Stephen K. David A. Dulio Dulio, David A. 233

11 The New Bully Pulpit: Global Media and Foreign PolicyMaryann Cusimano Love Love, Maryann Cusimano 257

Assignment: Playing Politics on Social Networks 289

12 The Central Role of Media and Communication in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Brigitte L. Nacos Nacos, Brigitte L. 293

Interview: Ed Morrissey, Political Blogger 315

13 The Internet and the Future of Media Politics Jeremy D. Mayer Mayer, Jeremy D. Michael Cornfield Cornfield, Michael 319

Index 339

About the Editors 357

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