- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345806603
- ISBN-13: 978-0345806604
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In this insightful and well-sourced polemic, Patterson details the persistent failings of the news media. Genuinely concerned with the civic ramifications of an uninformed populace, he documents what he calls the drastic factual deficit in the U.S. with myriad examples showing how segments of the population hold severe misconceptions on crucial issues. Patterson reveals the fragmented nature of our media, given current technology; details how reporters inflate coverage and criticism of political figures to attract an audience; calls out the subservience of reporters to the officials whom they rely on for quotes; and critiques the “he said, she said” system of reporting, noting that it creates false equivalencies and is easily manipulated by public-relations teams. Patterson expresses a lack of faith in the current rise of “crowd-sourced” reporting to cure these ailments and instead prescribes stronger, “knowledge-based journalism,” calling for specialized coverage of public affairs that is authoritative, well researched, and as close to “journalistic truth” as it can be. Any would-be journalist or individual fascinated with the political economy of media will learn much from Patterson’s comprehensive assessment of the news world today. --Steve Uhrich
“No one has studied the press and the woeful state of public knowledge more carefully than Patterson. In this important new work, he moves from analysis to recommendation, proposing a new model for a press that actually lives up to its democratic potential.” –Clay Shirky, Associate Professor Journalism, New York University and author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
“Patterson delivers an impressive evaluation of a crisis he identifies as just as bad, if not worse, than that associated with the ‘yellow journalism’ of the early 1900s. . . . A well-organized and detailed book that underlines the need for remedial policy action and effective oversight.” —Kirkus Reviews
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