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The Media Elite: America's New Powerbrokers Hardcover – November, 1986

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From Publishers Weekly

The first volume of a research project conducted by Smith College political scientist Rothman and Columbia University researchers Robert and Linda Lichter, this is an outstanding study. It opens with a profile of today's "typical" media worker: an upper-middle-class, white, male college graduate earning 30,000-50,000 a year, whose parents are college graduates, perhaps professionals. It is notable that 68% come from Northeastern or north-central cities and have little sympathy for small-town America; few attend church or synagogue. The authors proceed to demonstrate that media people's regional and class prejudices determine their handling of the news: they are distinctly against nuclear energy (although many experts are not), strongly pro-busing (despite the compelling arguments against the practice) and furiously antibig oil. No one concerned with the media can afford to pass by this searching examination. Photos.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A Smith College political science professor and two research associates from Columbia's Research Institute on International Change interviewed 240 journalists and gave them the Thematic Apperception Test. As one might expect, the TAT finds these journalistsfrom the New York Times , Wall Street Journal , and Washington Post , among othersto be urban, nonreligious, and liberal. They, not surprisingly, "subconsciously structure social reality" and search for and find "abuses of power." The bias and the selective perception of journalists found by the researchers are not new, nor is the authors' call, about which they offer few details, for journalists to "take responsibility." For comprehensive collections only. Abraham Z. Bass, Journalism Dept., Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Adler Pub Co; 1st edition (November 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917561112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917561115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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