Congress and the News Media

Congress and the News Media

Congress and the News Media

Congress and the News Media

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Congress and the News Media is the tenth volume to be published in our Studies in Public Communications. Initiated with publication of Charles S. Steinberg's Mass Media and Communication in February of 1966, it is gratifying to note that the series has been able to attract so many worthy and able scholars in eight brief years.

It was our hope that the series would attract thinkers and scholars who were interested not only in the historical mass media context but also had vital interest in some of the direct contemporary problems confronting the media and their relationship to our society. Again, our hopes were answered. In the course of these eight years we have heard not only from those with broad academic interests in communication like Charles Steinberg, George Gordon and John Merrill, but we have also been fortunate in being able to publish thoughtful analyses of the operational realities of the contemporary media practice in "the real world." William Small has created an important work in his To Kill A Messenger. Richard Dyer MacCann has given us a scholarly history of U.S. Government motion pictures which moves up through the entire decade of the 60's. And Kenneth Devol has preceded Robert Blanchard in producing an excellent analysis of how the contemporary media interact and relate to our major political institutions.

As one considers the realities of American political communication-- set forth in rich detail in Dr. Blanchard's account of the news media vis-a- vis the Congress of the United States, it is useful to review the achievements of the true master of political image-making--the hero of Frank Baum's immortal children's classic, The Wizard of Oz. After all, was it not the great Oz who convinced a bumbling tin man that "testimonials to good deeds" were an adequate substitute for a genuine heart? Did not Oz himself persuade a cowardly lion that a medal was the equivalent of genuine courage? And did not the genius from the Emerald City lead a . . .

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