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The Media and the Mayor's Race: The Failure of Urban Political Reporting

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"... an exceptional work... Kaniss achieves a journalistic hat trick with her book: She’s simultaneously fascinating, evenhanded and very tough." —American Journalism Review

"Kaniss’ study reveals important and troubling trends in urban reporting, and is well worth reading... " —Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

"What emerges from Kaniss’ well-written work is a sense of just how dangerous the media can be, how petulance and cynicism often infect the news.... Thanks to the remarkable access granted to Kaniss by both politicians and

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Overview

"... an exceptional work... Kaniss achieves a journalistic hat trick with her book: She’s simultaneously fascinating, evenhanded and very tough." —American Journalism Review

"Kaniss’ study reveals important and troubling trends in urban reporting, and is well worth reading... " —Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

"What emerges from Kaniss’ well-written work is a sense of just how dangerous the media can be, how petulance and cynicism often infect the news.... Thanks to the remarkable access granted to Kaniss by both politicians and reporters, the reader is taken behind the scenes and sees firsthand the forces that shape our news, including the foibles of those who present it." —Philadelphia Magazine

"The book is readable and entertaining, as Kaniss... creates a motley cast of politicos and media warriors, while she follows around the chief players in the campaign... the book puts flesh on some of the often-heard criticisms of newspapers and television."—Editor & Publisher

"... everything you would ever want in a volume about politics." —Quill

"[Kaniss’s] portrayal of how political stories are born and played in newspapers and on radio and television is masterful and makes the book a must-read." —Philadelphia City Paper

"... savvy observations... Very thorough." —Kirkus Reviews

"The result is an interesting, well-written, well-researched study presented in a narrative style much like that of Theodore White." —Choice

This close-up of the 1991 Philadelphia mayor’s race gives an unsettling look into the lamentable state of local media coverage of politics nationwide. Phyllis Kaniss followed reporters on the campaign trail, analyzed local news stories, and talked with candidates and their staffs about their attempts to get—even control—media coverage. The result is a fast-paced, insider’s view of local news and local politics and of how media treatment of local elections has profound implications for all citizens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253209320
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/1995
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

PHYLLIS KANISS is Assistant Dean at the Annenberg School for Communication and author of Making Local News.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PART I: The Primary

1. From the Ritz to the Roller Rink
January 23, 1991, 5:30 p.m.

2. It’s a Users’ Business
January 1991

3. The Right Stuff
February 1991

4. Feeding the Story
February 1991

5. Sex, Lies, and the Loquacious Candidate
February 1991

6. "If I Am Rejected..."
February 7, 1991

7. The Reluctant Warrior
February 13, 1991

8. "Marijuana Smoking? Peace Activist?"
Feburary 19, 1991

9. Saving Philadelphia
February 1991

10. The Candidates on Hollywood Squares
February 27, 1991

11. Waiting for Wilson
March 8, 1991

12. Defining the Enemy
March 12, 1991

13. The Defensive Witness
March 22, 1991

14. Eight Weeks Out
March 26, 1991

15. The Lethal Blow
March 27, 1991

16. The Slugfest
April 2, 1991

17. The Third-Base Coach
Aril 16, 1991

18. One Floor Up
April 29, 1991

19. The Trap Door
May 1, 1991

20. Magic Tricks
May 6, 1991

21. Fold Up the Podium
May 14, 1991, 3:00 p.m.

22. Nobody Landed a Blow
May 14, 1991, 6:30 p.m.

23. Pumping It Up
May 16, 1991

24. Fatal Attraction
May 21, 1991

25. What Did It All Mean?
May 22, 1991

26. "Mayor? Mayor? Frank!"
July 16, 1991

PART II: The General Election

27. RIZZO IS DEAD
July 1991

28. By Unanimous Vote
August 1, 1991

29. The Search for Scandal
August 29, 1991

30. The Big Question
September 3, 1991

31. Politics Is a Funny Business
September 6, 1991

32. The Dog and Pony Show
October 4, 1991

33. Voicing-over the Election
October 15, 1991

34. Have You Had Enough?
November 1, 1991

35. The Men from the Boys
November 5, 1991, 2:00 p.m.

36. The Night the Reporters Danced
November 5, 1991, 8:00 p.m.

Conclusion
Epilogue

Appendix: How the Book Was Researched and Written
Selected Bibliography
Index

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