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Updated in a new 9th Edition, News: The Politics of Illusion, by W. Lance Bennett discusses and analyzes the dramatic shifts in news consumption and creation that have both ended and begun new eras of journalism in our time. How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In exploring this core question, this book examines both how political actors work their messages into the news and how journalists and news organizations report the news.
“News: The Politics of Illusion is a smart, provocative introduction to media and American politics. Bennett argues that the American political information system – with news at its center - is broken, with serious consequences for democracy. Bennett lays out his case, and invites readers to make up their own minds.” – Paul Freedman, The University of Virginia
“This book is written smoothly in flowing prose, free from the jargon that obscures to much social science writing. Bennett is critical, but never carping, praising the news system for what he considers its many strengths and condemning it for what he perceives as its shortcomings.” - from Doris Graber’s Foreword
Follows the evolution of the news, both as a social and economic product and as a key to understanding the American political process. Analyzes how the press, public, and politicians interact in a political system that is not always functional, offering in-depth case studies and current examples. This fourth edition reflects the decline of mass media and the fragmentation of the mass news audience, the rise of strategic communication and new technologies of audience targeting, the rise of news negativity, and the news reform movement. The author is affiliated with the University of Washington. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)