Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 302 pages
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Kuypers charts the potential effects the printed presses and broadcast media have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality from 116 different newspapers, Kuypers meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This book asserts that such a bias hurts the democratic process by ignoring non-mainstream left positions and vilifying many moderate and most right-leaning positions, leaving only a narrow brand of liberal thought supported by the mainstream press.

This book argues that the mainstream press in America is an anti-democratic institution. By comparatively analyzing press reports, as well as the events that occasioned the coverage, Kuypers paints a detailed picture of the politics of the American press. He advances four distinct reportorial practices that inject bias into reporting, offering perspectives of particular interest to scholars, students, and others involved with mass communication, journalism, and politics in the United States.

 

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Contents

Understanding Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues
1
Charles Davidson The Confederate Battle Flag A Symbol of Racism?
27
William J Clinton Initiative on Race
53
Louis Farrakhan Remarks at the Million Man March
89
Reggie White Speech before the Wisconsin Legislature
119
Trent Lott Armstrong Williams Show Interview Remarks
147
William J Clinton Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner
169
Press Bias Politics and the Media Manipulation of Controversial Issues
197
Bibliography
263
Index
299
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JIM A. KUYPERS is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Office of Speech at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Presidential Crisis Rhetoric and the Press in a Post-Cold War World (Praeger, 1997) and co-editor, with Andrew King, of Twentieth-Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies (Praeger, 2001). He is a former editor for the American Communication Journal.

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