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Updated in a new 9th Edition, News: The Politics of Illusion, by W. Lance Bennett discusses and analyzes the dramatic shifts in news consumption and creation that have both ended and begun new eras of journalism in our time. How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy? In exploring this core question, this book examines both how political actors work their messages into the news and how journalists and news organizations report the news.
Table of Contents
|The News About Democracy: Information Crisis in American Politics||p. 1|
|The Economic Collapse of the News Business||p. 2|
|Who Needs Journalists with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter?||p. 5|
|Who Follows the News?||p. 7|
|Scare Them and They May Pay Attention: Communicating with Elusive Audiences||p. 8|
|Governing with the News||p. 11|
|How the News Went to War in Iraq||p. 12|
|What About Evidence? An Uncomfortable Truth About Journalism||p. 14|
|A Definition of News||p. 19|
|Gatekeeping: Who and What Make the News||p. 20|
|Politicians, Press, and the People||p. 22|
|The First Amendment: Why Free Speech Does Not Guarantee Good Information||p. 26|
|The Fragile Link Between News and Democracy||p. 28|
|News Stories: Four Information Biases That Matter||p. 35|
|Putting Journalistic Bias in Perspective||p. 38|
|What's Wrong with a Partisan Press?||p. 41|
|A Different Kind of Bias||p. 42|
|Four Information Biases That Matter: An Overview||p. 44|
|Four Information Biases in the News: An In-Depth Look||p. 48|
|Bias as Part of the Political Information System||p. 68|
|News Bias and Discouraged Citizens||p. 69|
|Reform Anyone?||p. 70|
|Citizens and the News: Public Opinion and Information Processing||p. 76|
|News and the Battle for Public Opinion||p. 77|
|Reaching Inattentive Publics||p. 82|
|Selling the Iraq War||p. 86|
|News and Public Opinion: The Citizen's Dilemma||p. 88|
|Processing the News||p. 90|
|Entertainment and Other Reasons People Follow the News||p. 98|
|Citizens, Information, and Politics||p. 106|
|How Politicians Make the News||p. 111|
|The Politics of Illusion||p. 118|
|The Sources of Political News||p. 118|
|News Images as Strategic Political Communication||p. 122|
|The Goals of Strategic Political Communication||p. 123|
|Symbolic Politics and Strategic Communication||p. 127|
|News Management: The Basics||p. 130|
|News Management Styles and the Modern Presidency||p. 137|
|Press Relations: Feeding the Beast||p. 144|
|Government and the Politics of Newsmaking||p. 147|
|How Journalists Report the News||p. 153|
|How Spin Works||p. 155|
|Work Routines and Professional Norms||p. 158|
|Explaining Differences in the Quality of Reporting||p. 160|
|How Routine Reporting Practices Contribute to News Bias||p. 166|
|Reporters and Officials: Cooperation and Control||p. 167|
|Reporters as Members of News Organizations: Pressures to Standardize||p. 170|
|Reporters as a Pack: Pressures to Agree||p. 174|
|The Paradox of Organizational Routines||p. 178|
|When Journalism Works||p. 179|
|Democracy With or Without Citizens?||p. 182|
|Inside the Profession: Objectivity and the Political Authority Bias||p. 187|
|Journalists and Their Profession||p. 190|
|The Paradox of Objective Reporting||p. 194|
|Defining Objectivity: Fairness, Balance, and Truth||p. 195|
|The Curious Origins of Objective Journalism||p. 197|
|Professional Journalism in Practice||p. 200|
|Objectivity Reconsidered||p. 216|
|The Political Economy of News and the End of a Journalism Era||p. 223|
|The News Business in Freefall||p. 224|
|The Loss of News as a Public Good||p. 225|
|How We Got Here: Profits vs. the Public Interest||p. 226|
|Replacing Quality News with Infotainment||p. 229|
|The Economic Transformation of the American Media||p. 229|
|Corporate Profit Logic and News Content||p. 231|
|The Political Economy of News||p. 235|
|Effects of Media Concentration: Why Government Deregulation Was Bad for Public Information||p. 240|
|News on the Internet: Perfecting the Commercialization of Information||p. 244|
|Technology, Economics, and Social Change||p. 246|
|All the News That Fits Democracy: Solutions for Citizens, Politicians, and Journalists||p. 250|
|Media Convergence and the Loss of Gatekeeping||p. 252|
|The Isolated Citizen||p. 254|
|The Deliberative Citizen||p. 255|
|Personalized Information and the Future of Democracy||p. 256|
|Whither the Public Sphere?||p. 257|
|Three American Myths About Public Information||p. 258|
|News and Power in America: Ideal vs. Reality||p. 262|
|Why the Myth of a Free Press Persists||p. 263|
|Proposals for Citizens, Journalists, and Politicians||p. 266|
|The Promise and Peril of Virtual Democracy||p. 282|
|Balancing Democracy and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Place to Start||p. 284|
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