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Echo chamber : Rush Limbaugh and the conservative media establishment / Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Joseph N. Cappella.

By: Jamieson, Kathleen Hall.
Contributor(s): Cappella, Joseph N.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008Description: xvi, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780195366822 (hardback : alk. paper); 0195366824 (hardback : alk. paper); 9780195398601 (pbk.); 0195398602 (pbk.).Subject(s): Limbaugh, Rush H | Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States | Conservatism -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Echo chamber.DDC classification: 302.230973 LOC classification: PN1991.4.L48 | J36 2008Other classification: 89.35
Contents:
How the conservative opinion media attack the democratic opposition -- How the conservative opinion media defend conservatism -- Conservative opinion media : the players -- The conservative opinion media as opponents of liberalism and custodians of the Reagan narrative -- Effects of an echo chamber -- Speaking to the Republican base : an analysis of conservative media's audience -- Vetting candidates for office -- Stirring emotion to mobilize engagement -- Framing and reframing the mainstream media -- Engendering and reinforcing distrust of mainstream media -- Defining and defending an insular interpretive community -- Balkanization of knowledge and interpretation -- Distortion and polarization -- Conclusion: Echo chamber : cause for concern or celebration?
Summary: "... A provocative analysis of the conservative media establishment, from talk radio to Fox News to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal."-inside jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

How the conservative opinion media attack the democratic opposition -- How the conservative opinion media defend conservatism -- Conservative opinion media : the players -- The conservative opinion media as opponents of liberalism and custodians of the Reagan narrative -- Effects of an echo chamber -- Speaking to the Republican base : an analysis of conservative media's audience -- Vetting candidates for office -- Stirring emotion to mobilize engagement -- Framing and reframing the mainstream media -- Engendering and reinforcing distrust of mainstream media -- Defining and defending an insular interpretive community -- Balkanization of knowledge and interpretation -- Distortion and polarization -- Conclusion: Echo chamber : cause for concern or celebration?

"... A provocative analysis of the conservative media establishment, from talk radio to Fox News to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal."-inside jacket.

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CHOICE Review

Since the publication of this book, a couple of events have reinforced Jamieson and Cappella's basic thesis (suggested in the title): the chair of the Republican National Committee apologized to Rush Limbaugh for a perceived negative comment, and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh instigated tax-day "tea-bag parties." Offering many extended examples, Jamieson (director, Annenberg Public Policy Center) and Cappella (Annenberg School for Communication, Univ. of Pennsylvania) look at how Fox News, Limbaugh, and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal feed on and reinforce each other to create the radical-right world that has taken control of the Republican Party. The "echoes" reverberate in local letters to the editor, whose language and topics indicate that this closed universe is the sole source of the writers' information. The authors use sophisticated rhetorical analyses to demonstrate how the conservative entities they discuss use lies, distortion, misrepresentation, and misdirection to deflect inconvenient truths. They argue that the problem springs in part from Reagan-era deregulation, which eliminated the broadcast fairness doctrine. If that doctrine were still in place, the authors contend, those who listen only to conservative media might be exposed to more than one perspective. This volume includes extended examples and endnotes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. P. E. Kane emeritus, SUNY College at Brockport

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which runs FactCheck.org. Her books include unSpun, Capturing Campaign Dynamics, and The Press Effect.Joseph N. Cappella is Gerard R. Miller Chair at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. A nationally recognized communications theorist, he is a past president of the International Communications Association and the co-author (with Kathleen Hall Jamieson) of theaward-winning Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good.

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