News: The Politics of Illusion

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Pearson Longman, 2009 - Political Science - 303 pages
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Part of the “Longman Classics in Political Science” series, this renowned book, known for a lively writing style,  provocative point of view, and exceptional scholarship, has been thoroughly revised and updated, including up-to-the-minute case studies and the latest research.

 

This favorite of both instructors and students is a "behind-the-scenes" tour of news in American politics.  The core question explored in this book is: How well does the news, as the core of the national political information system, serve the needs of democracy?  In investigating this question, the book examines how various political actors — from presidents and members of Congress, to interest organizations and citizen-activists — try to get their messages into the news.

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W. Lance Bennett is Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is also director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (www.engagedcitizen.org). His research and writing addresses how communication processes and technologies can enhance citizen engagement with politics and social life. Bennett has received the Ithiel de Sola Pool Lectureship and the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the American Political Science Association; a Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, from Uppsala University; the Olof Palme Visiting Professorship in Sweden; and the National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar career award.

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