News: The Politics of Illusion
The media are everywhere. This renowned book by media expert Lance Bennett explores how well the news media serves the needs of democracy and looks ... Show synopsis The media are everywhere. This renowned book by media expert Lance Bennett explores how well the news media serves the needs of democracy and looks at how various political actors--from presidents and members of Congress, to interest groups and citizen-activists--try to get their messages into the news. The News About Democracy: An Introduction to the American Political Information System; News Content: Four Information Biases that Matter; The Political Economy of News; How Politicians Make the News; How Journalists Report the News; Inside the Profession: Objectivity and Other Double Standards; The News Public: Information Processing and Public Opinion; Freedom from the Press: Solutions for Citizens, Politicians, and Journalists. Anyone interested in understanding the news media--how it works, if it is biased, its function in democratic society.