Governing with the News

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

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The ideal of a neutral, objective press has proven in recent years to be just that - an ideal. 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 our government. This updated edition includes a new afterword by the author that pays close attention to two key developments in the twenty-first century: the accelerating fragmentation of the mass media and the continuing decline of Americans' confidence in the press.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 164 x 239 x 23.62mm | 566g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0226115038
  • 9780226115030

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"Provocative and often wise.... Cook, who has a complex understanding of the relationship between governing and the news, provides a fascinating account of the origins of this complicity." - James Bennet, Washington Monthly; "Governing with the News addresses central issues of media impact and power in fresh, illuminating ways.... Cook mines a wealth of historical and organizational literature to assert that the news media are a distinct political institution in our democratic system." - Robert Schmuhl, Commonweal; "While we worry about the media's influence on politics, we rarely notice that journalists are political actors, part of the governing system, a means for raising issues and getting them advanced.... Cook's dead-on analysis is a model of engaged scholarship." - Jay Rosen, Nation"
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About Timothy E. Cook

Timothy E. 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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