The Nightly News Nightmare: Television's Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2004 / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Beginning with the 1988 presidential election and now updated through 2004, The Nightly News Nightmare shows how network news coverage of what is arguably the nation's most important political event has declined. Through extensive analysis of news content from the 'Big Three' and Fox, acclaimed media scholars Farnsworth and Lichter compare what the candidates said with what the networks say they said and judge the disparity a nightmare. The authors go on to suggest that perhaps the candidates themselves do a better job of portraying the campaigns than those who used to be the trusted network guardians of the news. While making clear that overall coverage of the Bush-Kerry race marked an improvement compared to previous elections, Farnsworth and Lichter also point out that in other ways, things were worse.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.02(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
Stephen J. Farnsworth is associate professor of political science at University of Mary Washington and a former newspaper journalist. S. Robert Lichter is professor of communication at George Mason University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 List of Tables Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1 U.S. Presidential Elections and Television News: Studying Media Content Chapter 4 2 A Need-to-Know Basis?: Covering Issues of Substance and the Horse Race Chapter 5 3 Who Elected You?: Candidates versus Reporters Chapter 6 4 A Plague on All Your Houses: Negativity, Fairness, and Accuracy Chapter 7 5 "Nobody Does It Better"?: The Networks versus Other Campaign News Sources Chapter 8 6 Maybe Next Year?: The Future of Campaign Coverage Chapter 9 Appendix A: Campaign Information Items Used in the Content Analysis Chapter 10 Appendix B: Internet Resources on the News Media and Presidential Elections Chapter 11 References Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Authors