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Author Bennett, W. Lance, author

Title News : the politics of illusion / W. Lance Bennett
Edition Second edition
Published New York : Longman, [1988]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  302.234 Ben/Ntp 1988  AVAILABLE
Description xix, 216 pages : tables ; 23 cm
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction: the news puzzle -- A note to the reader -- 1. Mass Media news, mass mediated politics -- Form triumphs over substance: news styles and life-styles -- The point -- Thinking differently about the news -- The great media debate: perpetuating the myth of information differences -- Maintaining the status quo: The mass media as gatekeeper -- Notes -- 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 -- Summary -- Notes -- 3. How politicians make the news -- The goals of image making -- the techniques of image making -- The effects of news control -- Why images prevail -- What comes first: apathy of disinformation? -- Notes -- 4. Journalists and political reporting -- How reporting practices contribute to new bias -- Professional journalism standards and new bias: why objective reporting is not objective -- Objectivity reconsidered -- Notes -- 5. The public: prisoners of the news -- Escaping the news prison: how people see beyond the walls -- The case of killer satellites -- Beyond political information: other reasons why people follow the news -- What price mass mediated reality? -- 6. Freedom from the press: solutions for concerned citizens -- Propaganda, American style -- News and power in America: the ideal versus the reality -- And so, the myth of the free press persists -- Is there a solution? Critical guidelines for citizens and journalists -- Conclusion: information, citizenship, and democracy -- Notes -- Index
Analysis Journalism Political aspects United States
News broadcasting
Overseas item
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Also issued online
Subject Journalism -- Political aspects -- United States.
LC no. 86032203
ISBN 0582286646 (paperback)
9780582286641 (paperback)