Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues / Edition 1

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Overview

Kuypers charts the potential effects the printed presses and broadcast media have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality from 116 different newspapers, Kuypers meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This book asserts that such a bias hurts the democratic process by ignoring non-mainstream left positions and vilifying many moderate and most right-leaning positions, leaving only a narrow brand of liberal thought supported by the mainstream press.

This book argues that the mainstream press in America is an anti-democratic institution. By comparatively analyzing press reports, as well as the events that occasioned the coverage, Kuypers paints a detailed picture of the politics of the American press. He advances four distinct reportorial practices that inject bias into reporting, offering perspectives of particular interest to scholars, students, and others involved with mass communication, journalism, and politics in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275977597
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Series: Praeger Series in Political Communication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM A. KUYPERS is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Office of Speech at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Presidential Crisis Rhetoric and the Press in a Post-Cold War World (Praeger, 1997) and co-editor, with Andrew King, of Twentieth-Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies (Praeger, 2001). He is a former editor for the American Communication Journal.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Understanding Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues 1
2 Charles Davidson: "The Confederate Battle Flag: A Symbol of Racism?" 27
3 William J. Clinton: "Initiative on Race" 53
4 Louis Farrakhan: "Remarks at the Million Man March" 89
5 Reggie White: "Speech before the Wisconsin Legislature" 119
6 Trent Lott: "Armstrong Williams Show Interview Remarks" 147
7 William J. Clinton: "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner" 169
8 Press Bias, Politics, and the Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues 197
Bibliography 263
Index 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Defines Press Bias

    This book charts the effects the printed press--and by extension, broadcast media--have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining almost 700 press reports on race and homosexuality that were published in 116 different newspapers, this book meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This bias hurts the democratic process in general by ignoring non-mainstream left positions and vilifying many moderate and the vast majority of right-leaning positions. Thus, only a narrow brand of liberal thought is supported by the press; all other positions are denigrated. By comparatively analyzing press reports and the events that occassioned the coverage, this book paints a detailed picture of the politics of the American press; advances four distinct reportorial practices through which the press injects bias into its reporting; and argues forcefully that the mainstream press in America is an anti-democratic institution. The mainstream press in America operate within a narrow range of liberal beliefs. Those with more conservative views will certainly feel the brunt of the press's bias. However, those who embrace moderate political beliefs will be hurt when they step to the right of the press position. The press will actively help certain politicians and social leaders on the left who espouse the same view of the country that the press has adopted. However, those who step beyond this narrow brand of liberal reporting, moving even further to the left, will be ignored or denigrated. In this manner, then, the American press acts to shut out the full range of political voices in the country.

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