The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008 / Edition 3 available in Paperback
The Nightly News Nightmare, Third Edition, examines news coverage of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. The book focuses on changes in the amount, tone, and focus of news coverage in these different electoral contexts. In addition to network news, the authors examine online news, cable television, talk radio, candidate campaign discourse in these election years. Farnsworth and Lichter find that the news media, despite the wide variety of outlets, have consistent problems in terms of fairness and focus on substantive matters rather than the horse-race reporting of the latest polls. In addition to the extensive discussion of the 2008 campaign, the third edition offers far more discussion and evidence regarding the use of alternative media, including online content, in the most recent presidential election. The authors conclude that online news had many of the same problems found in mainstream news coverage.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Stephen J. Farnsworth is assistant professor of communication at George Mason University and a former newspaper journalist. S. Robert Lichter is professor of communication at George Mason University and director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
Table of Contents
List of Tables ix
Preface to the Third Edition xi
1 The Media and Presidential Elections: Studying News Content 1
2 A Need-to-Know Basis? Covering Issues of Substance and the Horse Race 29
3 Who Elected You? Candidates versus Reporters 59
4 A Plague on (Almost) All Your Houses: Fairness, Negativity, and Accuracy 93
5 "Nobody Does It Better"? Comparing Key Campaign News Sources 139
6 Maybe Next Year? The Future of Campaign Coverage 167
Appendix A Campaign Information Items Used in the Content Analysis 185
Appendix B Internet Resources on the News Media and Presidential Elections 191
About the Authors 227
What People are Saying About This
Farnsworth and Lichter’s update of their now-classic tome on media coverage of campaigns is another tour de force. Their inclusion of the 2008 presidential campaign, a singularly significant campaign in terms of media role, particularly in the context of recent presidential campaigns, documents the dramatic shifts in media role over the past 20 years. They offer a gold mine of data for political scientists studying media electoral trends. They also provide a compelling argument for traditional media reform, particularly as traditional news organizations meet the challenge of the Internet.