Public Diplomacy And International Politics

Overview

This book examines international radio news coverage of the four superpower summit meetings between Soviets and Americans from 1987 to 1990. It concentrates on the symbolic constructs used by radio services to report about the summits, including their treatments of the two superpowers, their leaders, and their perspectives as recorded in interviews, press conferences and releases, joint communiques, and briefings. The study assesses the degree of success enjoyed by each of the superpowers in directing the nature ...

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Overview

This book examines international radio news coverage of the four superpower summit meetings between Soviets and Americans from 1987 to 1990. It concentrates on the symbolic constructs used by radio services to report about the summits, including their treatments of the two superpowers, their leaders, and their perspectives as recorded in interviews, press conferences and releases, joint communiques, and briefings. The study assesses the degree of success enjoyed by each of the superpowers in directing the nature of international news coverage, particularly the public relations battle between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. It also weighs the viability of specific talking points written to direct U.S. summit statements by the National Security Council, and the degree to which news coverage was tainted by propaganda. Finally, it is able to suggest the nature of each service's contribution to diversity in international news flow, and to the ongoing debate about the equality of the international communication and information order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275935948
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/27/1994
  • Series: Praeger Studies in Political Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 996,278
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT S. FORTNER is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 International Broadcasting as Public Diplomacy 17
Ch. 3 Symbolic Constructs in International Broadcasting 37
Ch. 4 The 1987 Washington Superpower Summit 55
Ch. 5 The 1988 Moscow Superpower Summit 77
Ch. 6 The 1989 Summits 113
Ch. 7 The 1990 Washington Superpower Summit 135
Ch. 8 Conclusions: Trends in News Coverage and Propaganda, 1987-1990 143
Ch. 9 Symbolic Constructs and Historical Circumstances: Effects on the Global Information Order 163
Appendix 1 Treatment Coefficients for NSC Themes 173
Appendix 2 Treatment Coefficients for Summit Principals and Their Countries 175
Appendix 3 Percentage of Stories Devoted to Selected Summit Issues, by Summit and Service 179
Appendix 4 Rank Order of Principal Superpower Summit Issues, by Summit and Focus, Based on the Total Number of Stories Filed by All Services Coded 181
References 185
Index 191
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