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Governing With the News the News Media as a Political Institution

by Timothy E. Cook

  • ISBN: 9780226115009
  • ISBN10: 0226115003

Governing With the News the News Media as a Political Institution

by Timothy E. Cook

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780226115009
  • ISBN10: 0226115003
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Description: The ideal of a neutral, objective press in the United States has proven in recent years to be just that -- an ideal. But while everyone talks about the political biases and influences of the news, no one has figured out whether and how the news media exert power. In Governing with the News, Timothy E. Cook goes far beyond the single claim that the press is not impartial to argue that the news media are in fact a political institution integral to the day-today operations of the three branches of our government.

The formation of the press as a political institution began in the early days of the republic when newspapers were sponsored by political parties; the relationship is now so central that press offices are found wherever one turns. Cook demonstrates not only how the media are structured as an institution that exercises collective power but also how the role of the media has become institutionalized within the political process, affecting policy and instigating, rather than merely reflecting, political actions. Cook's analysis is a powerful and fascinating guide to our age, when news-making and governing are inseparable.

This meticulously researched and well reasoned work proposes to take seriously a thesis which flies in the face of both journalistic lore and political myth....An innovative contribution to our understanding of media". -- W. Lance Bennett, Author of News: The Politics of Illusion

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