For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.
Table of Contents
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Chapter 1 What Should Be the Role of the News Media?
Chapter Preface 19
1 Ignored Factchecks and the Media's Crisis of Conscience Brendan Nyhan 21
2 News Media Fact-Checking Can Be Selective and Biased James Toronto 27
3 News Media Fact-Checking Is Futile Jack Shafer 37
4 News Media Fact-Checking Is a Tool to Control Public Discourse Mark Hemingway 42
5 The News Media Must Do a Better Job of Informing the Public of Vital Global Developments Juan Cole 56
6 The News Media Should Celebrate Traditional Values Dan Gainor 67
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 73
Chapter 2 Are the News Media Biased?
Chapter Preface 75
1 The Dumbest Anchormen Jonah Goldberg 78
2 There Is a Conservative Media Bias John Merline 88
3 There Is No Significant Media Bias Paul Farhi 93
4 The Biased Media Is Trying to Influence Political Elections L. Brent Bozell III 99
5 Charges of Media Bias Are an Attempt to Influence Media Coverage Eric Alterman 104
6 A Partisan Media May Inspire Participation and Interest in Political Issues Paul Starr 111
7 A Partisan Media Adds to Government Dysfunction James L. Baughman 123
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 132
Chapter 3 How Do the Media Affect Society?
Chapter Preface 134
1 Movie Violence Chic Michael Massing 136
2 There Will Not Be Blood Charles Kenny 142
3 Media Consolidation Threatens Democracy and Free Speech Ziad El-Hady 149
4 Big Government, Not Big Media, Threatens Free Speech Don Watkins 155
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 160
Chapter 4 What Is the Future of Mass Media?
Chapter Preface 162
1 Social and Digital Media Are the New Mass Media 164
2 Mobile Technology Is the Future of Media Richard Ting 169
3 Live Blogging Is Transforming Journalism Matt Wells 174
4 Twitter Is Transforming Journalism Jeff Jarvis 179
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 187
For Further Discussion 188
Organizations to Contact 190
Bibliography of Books 197