Breaking the news: how the media undermine American democracy

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Pantheon Books, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages
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rsuasive explanation of what's gone wrong with the American media--and what can be done about it. Fallows details the ways in which the current style of news coverage engenders a sense of futility in the American public about our ability to influence our society. He reveals how the reigning practices evolved and whose interests are served. National ads/media.

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User Review  - Brent - Goodreads

I seem to recall reading most of this in excerpts in The Atlantic, then checking it out from the public library in hardback. I'll read Fallows on most topics, but this was just before the internet changed everything, and captured the bitter pills of the mid-1990s. Read full review

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User Review  - David Stephens - Goodreads

There has been quite a bit of discussion about the leaks of Edward Snowden recently—whether they were helpful or harmful—and within those debates, there has been even more discussion about what the ... Read full review


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James Fallows is National Correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly," and has worked for the magazine for more than twenty years. His previous books include "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy," "Looking at the Sun," "More Like Us," and "National Defense," Fallows has been a regular commentator on NPR. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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