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The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections / Edition 3
     

The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections / Edition 3

by Stephen J. Farnsworth, Robert S. Lichter
 

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ISBN-10: 1442200685

ISBN-13: 9781442200685

Pub. Date: 09/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The Nightly News Nightmare, Third Edition, examines news coverage of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. The book focuses on changes in the amount, tone, and focus of news coverage in these different electoral contexts. In addition to network news, the authors examine online news, cable television, talk radio, candidate campaign

Overview

The Nightly News Nightmare, Third Edition, examines news coverage of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. The book focuses on changes in the amount, tone, and focus of news coverage in these different electoral contexts. In addition to network news, the authors examine online news, cable television, talk radio, candidate campaign discourse in these election years. Farnsworth and Lichter find that the news media, despite the wide variety of outlets, have consistent problems in terms of fairness and focus on substantive matters rather than the horse-race reporting of the latest polls. In addition to the extensive discussion of the 2008 campaign, the third edition offers far more discussion and evidence regarding the use of alternative media, including online content, in the most recent presidential election. The authors conclude that online news had many of the same problems found in mainstream news coverage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442200685
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
830,942
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Preface to the Third Edition xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 The Media and Presidential Elections: Studying News Content 1

2 A Need-to-Know Basis? Covering Issues of Substance and the Horse Race 29

3 Who Elected You? Candidates versus Reporters 59

4 A Plague on (Almost) All Your Houses: Fairness, Negativity, and Accuracy 93

5 "Nobody Does It Better"? Comparing Key Campaign News Sources 139

6 Maybe Next Year? The Future of Campaign Coverage 167

Appendix A Campaign Information Items Used in the Content Analysis 185

Appendix B Internet Resources on the News Media and Presidential Elections 191

References 195

Index 215

About the Authors 227

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