This book is must reading for every newsperson who wants to improve journalism, every politician who needs to understand the press's obstacle course, and every citizen who is concerned about the news media. This accessible and smoothly written volume is perfectly suited for a wide variety of classroom uses. (Larry J. Sabato, director, University of Virginia Center for Politics)
This book is a must for scholars interested in campaign journalism and would be appropriate fare for upper-division or graduate students in journalism, political science or public affairs. (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly)
A stunning analysis that confirms Lippman's proposition that news and truth seldom coincide. (Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard University)
A clear strength of the text is extensive use of actual coverage from network reports . . . This book is a must for scholars interested in campaign journalism and would be appropriate fare for upper-division or graduate students in journalism, political science, or public affairs. (Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, Utica College of Syracuse University)
The authors rightly suggest that it's time for journalists to 'narrate' the presidential campaign instead of trying to 'arbitrate' it―that is, drop editorializing and get back to reporting. . . . Perhaps the most extensive review ever of newspaper stories, TV clips, and candidates' speeches. (Morton Kondracke Roll Call)
. . . splendid book.
"An impressive piece of media criticism...definitive proof that the press can't cover scientific and medical issues without going off the deep end." (Fred Barnes The Weekly Standard)