Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 17, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 289 pages
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The ideal of a neutral, objective press 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-to-day 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 newsmaking and governing are inseparable.

"This is a wonderful analysis of a highly important topic. Tim Cook is resoundingly right that we need to look at the media as political institutions and their operatives as political actors."—David R. Mayhew, author of Divided We Govern

"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. Governing with the News is an innovative contribution to our understanding of media."—W. Lance Bennett, author of News: The Politics of Illusion

"This book should be read by journalists . . . by mass communication faculty teaching courses in media structure or effects and journalism faculty as a supplemental text to courses in media history and media management."—Benjamin J. Burns, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
  

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Cook (political science, Williams Coll.; Making Laws and Making News, Brookings, 1989) has written before on the media in U.S. congressional and presidential politics. His latest book offers an ... Read full review

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This is definitely one of groundbreaking masterpieces in political communication. "Media in United States today is not merely part of politics; they are part of government," Tim says. It's a great loss for Manship School that Tim Cook passed away. Read full review

Contents

Introduction Why Dont We Call Journalists Political Actors?
1
THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN NEWS MEDIA
17
The Decline of the Sponsored Press American Newspapers in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
20
The Subsidized News Media
38
THE MEDIA AS A POLITICAL INSTITUTION
61
The Institutional News Media
63
The Political News Media
85
GOVERNMENT BY PUBLICITY
117
The Uses of News Theory and Presidential Practice
120
Beyond the White House
141
Conclusion The First Amendment and the Fourth Branch Toward Redesigning a News Media Policy
164
Notes
193
Index
267
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Timothy Cook is professor of mass communication and political science and holds the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr., Chair of Political Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University. He is coauthor of the award-winning Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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