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Breaking the news : how the media undermine American democracy / James Fallows.

By: Fallows, James M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.Description: 337 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0679758569 (pbk.); 9780679758563 (pbk.); 9780679442097; 067944209X.Other title: How the media undermine American democracy.Subject(s): Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States | Mass media -- Objectivity -- United States | Press and politics -- United StatesDDC classification: 302.23/0973 LOC classification: PN4888.O25 | F35 1996Other classification: 05.30 Review: "Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because shows like The McLaughlin Group reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. Or because muckrakers have given way to "buckrakers" who command huge fees lecturing to the very interest groups they are supposed to cover." "These are just some of the arguments that have made Breaking the News so controversial and so widely acclaimed. Drawing on his own experience as a National Book Award-winning journalist - and on the gaffes of colleagues from George Will to Cokie Roberts - Fallows shows why the media have not only lost our respect but alienated us from our public life. Moving from rigorous analysis to concrete proposals, the result is a devastating critique that is indispensable for anyone who makes the news - and anyone who reads or watches it."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form by Pantheon ... in 1996"--T.p. verso.

"January 1997."

Includes bibliographical references (p. [291]-311) and index.

"Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because shows like The McLaughlin Group reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. Or because muckrakers have given way to "buckrakers" who command huge fees lecturing to the very interest groups they are supposed to cover." "These are just some of the arguments that have made Breaking the News so controversial and so widely acclaimed. Drawing on his own experience as a National Book Award-winning journalist - and on the gaffes of colleagues from George Will to Cokie Roberts - Fallows shows why the media have not only lost our respect but alienated us from our public life. Moving from rigorous analysis to concrete proposals, the result is a devastating critique that is indispensable for anyone who makes the news - and anyone who reads or watches it."--BOOK JACKET.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic . He has reported from around the world and has worked in software design at Microsoft, as the editor of U.S. News & World Report , and as a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He is currently a news analyst for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered and a visiting professor at the University of Sydney.

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