Good Media, Bad Media

Good Media, Bad Media : The Benefits and Consequences of a Negative, Emotional, and Biased News Media

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The overwhelming negativity with which the American public views the news media is largely misplaced. Indeed, negative, emotional, and even biased political news coverage has some benefits for the American people-influencing their ability to perceive a clear choice between the two major parties, increasing their willingness to participate in politics, focusing their attention on important issues, improving their political knowledge, and building their own feelings of political efficacy. On the other hand, the news media negatively contribute to trust in government and political compromise, both vital elements in a flourishing democracy. This book is organized to synthesize major findings in political communication research and present original evidence for the book's thesis by examining journalists' own attitudes about news coverage and by conducting detailed analyses that merge content analyses of political news coverage with public opinion data. Shedding much needed light on a complicated issue, this text will be an essential tool for helping students of the media develop a critical eye toward widely held views.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138926469
  • 9781138926462

About Michael W. Wagner

Michael W. Wagner is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research, teaching, and service are animated by the question, "how well does democracy work?" Wagner approaches this question from a variety of perspectives, incorporating elements of the study of political communication, political parties, journalism, public opinion, political psychology, political behavior, religion and politics, the presidency, and biology into his work. Mike Gruszczynski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His research primarily focuses on how emotions influence political beliefs and behavior. His interests more broadly are in political communication, psychology, and public policy.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Americans Hate the News Media, but Should They? Chapter 2: Is the Media Really as Negative as People Think? Chapter 3: The Extreme, The Bad, and The Biased: Who Gets Covered and Why Chapter 4: The Benefits of Polarizing News Coverage Chapter 5: Bad Media: Negative News Coverage's Effects on Trust in Government and Democratic Governance Chapter 6: Who Leads Whom: The Dynamics of Politicians' Behavior, Public Attitudes, and News Coverage Chapter 7: The News Media in the 21st Century: Lessons, Opportunities, and Warning Signs
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