Journalism and Democracy: An Evaluation of the Political Public Sphere

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NOTES

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1
Cohen, N., ‘The death of news’, New Statesman, May 22 1998.
2
From the BBC-supplied text of Birt’s speech, delivered in Dublin on February 3 1995.
3
For recent work on the developing Scottish public sphere see Schlesinger, 1998.
4
The papers from this conference are published in Calabrese and Burgelman, 1999.

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JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY: THE DEBATE

1
See Blumler 1997 for a more recent elaboration of the ‘crisis’, and the reasons for his assertion that ‘the political communication process now goes against, rather than with, the grain of citizenship’.
2
Cohen, N., ‘The death of news’, New Statesman, May 22 1998.
3
Many examples of the rhetoric of dumbing down could be given, applied to the political media in general, or of particular outlets. In early 1998, for example, political columnist Ferdinand Mount attacked the deteriorating quality (as he perceived it) of the BBC’s news and current affairs output. ‘You often find more political news and analysis in the Sun or the Mirror than you do on the Nine O’Clock News’, he complained (Mount, F., ‘Television hits the dumber switch’, Sunday Times, February 1 1998). I explore the differences in style and content of political coverage between various media in Chapter 3.
4
Walker, D., ‘From our own 500 correspondents’, Independent, October 1 1996.
5
Richards, S., ‘In a one-sided election you can’t please everyone’, New Statesman, May 1997.
6
Walker, D., ‘From our own 500 correspondents’, Independent, October 1 1996.
7
Greenslade, R., ‘Spin experts losing their balance’, Observer, November 24 1996.
8
MacWhirter, I., ‘When false prophecy usurps faulty politics’, Observer, September 3 1995.
9
Richards, S., ‘In a one-sided election you can’t please everyone’, New Statesman, May 1997; Greenslade, R., ‘Conspiracy claim ignores reality’, Guardian, April 23 1997.
10
For insider accounts of the role of political public relations in the Clinton presidency see Morris, 1997, Kurtz, 1998, and Stephanopoulos, 1999.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables and Figures vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - Journalism and Democracy 1
  • 2 - The Political Public Sphere 14
  • 3 - Policy, Process, Performance and Sleaze 42
  • 4 - The Interpretative Moment 61
  • 5 - The Interrogative Moment 84
  • 6 - The Sound of the Crowd 105
  • 7 - Spin, Whores, Spin 122
  • 8 - The Media and Politics, 1992-97 140
  • 9 - Political Journalism and the Crisis of Mass Representation 171
  • Notes 180
  • Bibliography 195
  • Index 199
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