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This book which was first published over twenty- five years ago is a throwback to another time. That was the time when the great share of Americans sat around and got their news from one of the three major networks. The more informed read one of two major weekly news- magazines. We are now in a far more fragmented, diverse news- acquiring time when the 'Internet' has given the 'consumer' a far greater capacity to select and develop knowledge of current events.

Gans analyzes the major networks and sees great similarity in the way they operate. He offers at the end of the book his own suggestions for how to provide a more educational and informative news diet to the American public.

A topflight sociologist Gans studeis CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek and Time.He speaks with a large number of journalists in trying to understand the way the system works.He treats such subjects as 'story selection' 'story suitability' 'objectivity values and ideology' 'profits and audiences' 'pressures censorship, and self- censorship' ' values in the news'

An illuminating study.
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on November 30, 2012
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Excellent book on how television news decisions are made, particularly with broadcast news. Not as strong on cable news channels, but I have other sources for that.
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