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Author Bennett, W. Lance.

Title News : the politics of illusion / W. Lance Bennett
Edition Third edition
Published White Plains, N.Y. : Longman, 1996


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Description xvii, 233 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The News about Democracy -- Ch. 1. What's News? The Construction of Political Reality. Press-Politics. News Images and Political Realities. Inside the News System. Economics versus Democracy. Information Systems and Their Limits. News as Social Construct. From Mass Media to Media Monopoly. More Channels, More Choices? Different Package, Same Contents? Is Television the Problem? A Definition of News. Why the News Matters: The Political Gatekeeper. Imagining Other Kinds of News. Where Do the People Fit into the Information Picture? -- Ch. 2. News Content: Messages for the Masses. Four Information Biases in the News: An Overview. Four Information Biases in the News: An In-Depth Look. Personalized News. Dramatized News. Fragmented News. Normalized News. News Bias Reconsidered -- Ch. 3. How Politicians Make the News. The Politics of Illusion. News Images as Political Reality. The Goals of Image Making. The Techniques of Image Making. Symbols and Their Political Uses. Defining the Political Situation. News Control: Getting the Message Across. Press Relations: From Cooperation to Intimidation. The Effects of News Control. Why Images Prevail. What Comes First: Apathy or Disinformation? -- Ch. 4. How Journalists Report the News. The Importance of Work Routines and Professional Norms. How Reporting Practices Contribute to News Bias. Reporters and Officials: Pressures to Cooperate. Reporters as Members of News Organizations: Pressures to Standardize. The Paradox of Organizational Routines. Reporters as a Pack: Pressures to Agree. When Journalism Works -- Ch. 5. Inside the Profession: Objectivity and Other Double Standards. Why Objective Reporting Does Not Work. Fairness: The New Objectivity. Professional Journalism Standards. Professional Practices and News Distortion. The Adversarial Role of the Press. Standards of Decency and Good Taste. Documentary Reporting Practices. The Use of Stories as Standardized News Formats. Reporters as Generalists. The Practice of Editorial Review. Objectivity Reconsidered -- Ch. 6. The Public: Prisoners of the News? The Prisoner's Dilemma. Prisoners Who Can Think for Themselves. Why the News Still Matters. Common Patterns of Information Processing. Other Reasons People Follow the News. Escaping the News Prison -- Ch. 7. Freedom from the Press: Solutions for Concerned Citizens. News and Power in America: The Ideal versus the Reality. Why the Myth of a Free Press Persists. Critical Proposals for Citizens, Journalists and Politicians. Proposals for Citizens. Proposals for Journalists. Proposals for Politicians and Government. The Perils of Virtual Democracy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Journalism -- Political aspects -- United States.
LC no. 95003575
ISBN 0801311675