The News Shapers: The Sources Who Explain the News


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.


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