Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion

Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion

by Amy Fried
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231108206

ISBN-13: 9780231108201

Pub. Date: 07/24/1997

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Ten years ago the Iran-Contra affair swept the headlines as the nation watched an indignant Lt. Col. Oliver North testify before a congressional committee. Although polls showed that most Americans were critical of North's actions and ambivalent toward the man himself, media coverage left the opposite impression, with its broadcasts of "Ollie-for-president"…  See more details below

Overview

Ten years ago the Iran-Contra affair swept the headlines as the nation watched an indignant Lt. Col. Oliver North testify before a congressional committee. Although polls showed that most Americans were critical of North's actions and ambivalent toward the man himself, media coverage left the opposite impression, with its broadcasts of "Ollie-for-president" rallies and stories of congressional aides overwhelmed by a torrent of pro-North mail.

In this book, public opinion is more than the sum of a pollster's tally; instead, Amy Fried defines it as a political tool, integral to the political process, where vested interests compete to legitimize their interpretation of the public voice. Fried explores the construction, interpretation, and uses of public opinion, raising important questions about the media and the role of special interest groups in determining policy.

-A masterful combination of theorizing and rich data analysis that provides a deeper and richer account of public opinion than has hitherto been published. This lucid account is an invaluable addition to the literature on public opinion. I also found it to be a major contribution to empirical democratic theory. -George E. Marcus -Williams College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231108201
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/24/1997
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The Politics of Public Opinion9
2Mapping the Echo Chamber34
3Oliver North and the Politics of Hero Creation62
4Telling the Public What It Thinks98
5Taking an Interest in the Public127
6Trying to Hear the Echoes151
7Public Opinion in Political Context194
Notes229
Bibliography275
Index295

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