Television News and the Supreme Court: All the News that's Fit to Air? / Edition 1

Television News and the Supreme Court: All the News that's Fit to Air? / Edition 1

by Elliot E. Slotnick, Jennifer A. Segal
     
 

Beginning with the recognition that the Supreme Court is the most invisible branch of American government and the one that most Americans know the least about, this book examines the way in which television news, the primary source of the public's limited knowledge, covers the Supreme Court. The book relies on rich interviews with network news reporters who have… See more details below

Overview

Beginning with the recognition that the Supreme Court is the most invisible branch of American government and the one that most Americans know the least about, this book examines the way in which television news, the primary source of the public's limited knowledge, covers the Supreme Court. The book relies on rich interviews with network news reporters who have covered the Court, coupled with actual videotapes of network newscast coverage, to develop a unique portrait of the constraints faced by reporters covering the institution as well as a thorough picture of the facets of the Court's work that are factually covered by television news. The analysis demonstrates convincingly that there are characteristics of the television news industry (such as its heavy reliance on dramatic stories and visuals) that, combined with the rules and habits of the Supreme Court (such as its refusal to allow cameras in the Court as well as its propensity to announce several critical rulings on the same day), make network news coverage of the Court infrequent, brief, and in too many instances, simply plain wrong. The book explores the implications of this situation for the public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521576161
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1Television News: A Critical Link between the Supreme Court and the American Public1
2The Supreme Court Beat: A View from the Press16
3Television News and the Supreme Court: Opportunities and Constraints46
4A Tale of Two Cases: Bakke and Webster89
5A Tale of Two Terms: The 1989 and 1994 Court Terms158
6"The Supreme Court Decided Today ..." - or Did It?189
7Which Decisions Are Reported? It's the Issue, Stupid!212
8Television News and the Supreme Court: All the News That's Fit to Air?230
Appendix: Schedule of Interviews245
Notes247
References251
Index257

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