Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution
The ideal of a neutral, objective press has proven in recent years to be just that--an ideal. In "Governing with the News, " Timothy E. Cook goes far ... Show synopsis The ideal of a neutral, objective press has proven in recent years to be just that--an ideal. In "Governing with the News, " Timothy E. Cook goes far beyond the single claim that the press is not impartial to argue that the news media are in fact a political institution integral to the day-to-day operations of our government. This updated edition includes a new afterword by the author, which pays close attention to two key developments in the twenty-first century: the accelerating fragmentation of the mass media and the continuing decline of Americans' confidence in the press. "Provocative and often wise. . . . Cook, who has a complex understanding of the relationship between governing and the news, provides a fascinating account of the origins of this complicity."--James Bennet, "Washington Monthly" "["Governing with the News"] addresses central issues of media impact and power in fresh, illuminating ways. . . . Cook mines a wealth of historical and organizational literature to assert that the news media are a distinct political institution in our democratic system."--Robert Schmuhl, "Commonweal"