Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The News Media and Michael Newdow's Constitutional Challenge

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Explores atheist Michael Newdow’s constitutional challenge and how the news media marginalized him from the moment the Ninth Circuit handed down its controversial ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.
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Overview

Explores atheist Michael Newdow’s constitutional challenge and how the news media marginalized him from the moment the Ninth Circuit handed down its controversial ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.
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Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance offers political scientists and lawyers a fresh perspective on a controversial issue and legal case ... Bishop also raises hard questions about the media and their role in American democracy.— Law & Politics Book Review

"...Bishop persuasively explains ... and, in the process, raises important questions about journalism for us all to ponder."— American Journalism

"As long as people believe that the media represent antiestablishment values, this book needs to be read. As long as reporters mislead themselves into believing they are watchdogs and not lapdogs of the establishment, this book needs to be read. And as long as the media continue to trivialize complex issues and marginalize people who challenge us, this book needs to be read. We need more books like this one."— Chris Lamb, author of Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791471821
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Bishop is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction

1. Master Myths, Frames, Narratives, and Guard Dogs

2. A Case of First Impression

3. An Impermissible Message of Endorsement

4. A Reputation for Unorthodox Opinions

5. Their Own Little World

6. The Good Mother

7. On to the Supreme Court

8. Tepid and Diluted

9. Nice Try, Young Man

10. We’re Saved—For Now

References
Index

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