A highly readable, approachable text for media scholars and the general public. Schiller conducts a historical survey of objectivity as it was used and defined by the penny press, focusing on mid-18th century publications in the National Police Gazette. He argues analysis of crime reporting in the Police Gazette offers the clearest articulation of the ideological positions editors assumed to argue that preservation of the public good?not just profit?was at the heart of their papers? impartial reports. A variety of lenses are employed to ground the analysis and identify objectivity?s roots: among them are legal research, political economy, sociology and cultural studies.
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