The News Shapers: The Sources Who Explain the News

The News Shapers: The Sources Who Explain the News

The News Shapers: The Sources Who Explain the News

The News Shapers: The Sources Who Explain the News

Synopsis

This volume describes and analyzes the elite club of individuals that the media approach for "inside information," background, or predictions concerning the outcome of still-unfolding stories. Based on a study examining three major networks' evening newscasts during 1987-1988, it reveals that a small number of white, politically conservative men associated with Washington-based think tanks, former Republican administrations, and private East Coast universities virtually monopolize political discourse in the mass media.

Excerpt

Academic books that are written to be accessible to the general reader are often criticized by reviewers for the popular press for being too dry and stodgy or by academic reviewers for containing more entertainment than information. Although I was aware of and tried hard to avoid the pitfalls that await writers who try to hike the middle ground between scholarship and readability, I am not sure that I succeeded. If I failed, as so many others have, I assume all responsibility. If the book is both readable and informative, the credit belongs to the many individuals who provided substantive and editorial assistance on this project.

Foremost among these individuals is my longtime friend and collaborator, Marc Cooper. Without Marc's advice and assistance, this book would never have been written. He and I worked together on All the Right Sources for Mother Jones magazine, which eventually received the Sigma Delta Chi award for research about journalism. That article led Marc and me to discuss a book-length study of news shapers. the discussions led to this book. As fate would have it, Marc got assigned to other stories before the book was ever started. He was therefore unable to commit to a long-term book project. Although unable to find time to help write the book, Marc nevertheless provided me with information and insights about new shapers during the period when he was gainfully employed on other projects. For this I am indebted.

I am also indebted to Anne Jett, who consistently provided me with good advice and comments. Many of her thoughts and recommendations have been incorporated into the book. Another University of Minnesota colleague to whom . . .

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