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on November 23, 2012
If you have ever worked in the press, study media, or were simply curious about what happens behind the scenes Bennett;s text is an enlightening read.
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on September 22, 2009
Some of the previous reviews of this book are written clearly by those with a political axe to grind and an obsession with analyzing media from "liberal" vs. "conservative" perspective. This book's authors have no interest in such a clumsy "analysis." Their book is not arguing that the media was conservatively or liberally biased under Bush, or conservatively or liberally biased under Clinton, etc. It is an examination of how media operate using an OFFICIAL SOURCE bias, not a liberal or conservative bias. This finding has been very well documented over and over in sound empirical/scholarly analyses over the last twenty years, but these findings are apparently beyond the understanding of partisan hacks like Brett Bozell on the right and Eric Alterman on the left who prefer to frame media as biased in a partisan/liberal-conservative fashion.
I strongly recommend reading this book. As a teacher of political communication, I can say without hesistation that the empirical/data analysis in this book is as good as you will find in any book written on media. In the end I completely reject the authors' argument (which is implied throughout the book) that public debate in media should be limited to the views expressed by political officials in the Democratic and Republican party. But this is a normative problem I have with the book, not a quality of research problem. In terms of the authors' empirical analysis, it's spot on and definitely worth reading. I'd place this book, in terms of the quality of research, in the top ten of all scholarly books ever written on the mass media.
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on October 11, 2009
it's not about partisanship in the media - it's about the media in this country failing to be a watchdog and writing independently from government as they are well within their rights to do. the authors aren't implying in any way that the media leaned to the right when reporting on iraq but that they didn't do the work of journalists and present two sides to each story. they didn't investigate dissenting voices- which did not consist mainly of democrats. they were lazy and too busy chasing the dramatic, personalized, fragmentized and normalized stories that their readership would be interested in reading. news is a business. they don't care so much about taking sides as they do about increasing viewer/readership. only a hater would read this book and assume it's about partisanship.
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