When the Press Fails
Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina
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When the Press Fails by W. Lance Bennett
Book DescriptionA sobering look at the intimate relationship between political power and the news media, "When the Press Fails" argues that the dependence of reporters on official sources disastrously thwarts coverage of dissenting voices from outside the Beltway.The result is both an indictment of official spin and an urgent call to action that questions why the mainstream press failed to challenge the Bush administration's arguments for an invasion of Iraq or to illuminate administration policies underlying the Abu Ghraib controversy. Drawing on revealing interviews with Washington insiders and analysis of content from major news outlets, the authors illustrate the media's unilateral surrender to White House spin whenever oppositional voices elsewhere in government fall silent. Contrasting these grave failures with the refreshingly critical reporting on Hurricane Katrina - a rare event that caught officials off guard, enabling journalists to enter a nospin zone - "When the Press Fails" concludes by proposing new practices to reduce reporters' dependence on power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226042855
(230mm x 157mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author W. Lance Bennett
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The Logic of Connective Action shows how political action is coordinated and power is organized in communication-based networks, and what political outcomes may result.
Civic Life Online, Paperback (January 2008)
The relationship of participation in online communities to civic and political engagement.
Media Concentration and Democracy, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by W. Lance Bennett
This book provides a normative critique of mass media ownership concentration.
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Author Biography - W. Lance Bennett
W. Lance Bennett is professor of political science and the Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. Regina G. Lawrence is the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair of Political Communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Steven Livingston is professor of media and international affairs in the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.
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