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By Stephen J. Farnsworth

ISBN-10: 1442200677

ISBN-13: 9781442200678

The Nightly information Nightmare, 3rd variation, examines information assurance of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. The e-book specializes in adjustments within the quantity, tone, and concentration of reports assurance in those diverse electoral contexts. as well as community information, the authors learn on-line information, cable tv, speak radio, candidate crusade discourse in those election years. Farnsworth and Lichter locate that the scoop media, regardless of the big variety of shops, have constant difficulties by way of equity and concentrate on important concerns instead of the horse-race reporting of the newest polls. as well as the broad dialogue of the 2008 crusade, the 3rd variation bargains way more dialogue and proof in regards to the use of other media, together with on-line content material, within the newest presidential election. The authors finish that on-line information had some of the comparable difficulties present in mainstream information assurance.

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What Voters Want from Campaign News Above all, what the voters say they want from journalists is better coverage, reporting that is more informative, more issue-based, and less biased. Arguably the most powerful evidence that the media are not giving citizens the desired campaign news content is found in the evaluations citizens give journalists at the end of the campaign season. Numerous polls in recent years have demonstrated the low regard with which the American public views the news media in general and election news in particular.

A November 2008 postelection survey by the Pew Center (2008c) found that 46 percent felt the news media had too much influence on the political process. Media coverage of the horse race in recent elections is not simply a response to what viewers want from media coverage of campaigns and elections. Considerable evidence suggests that we the people want more substantive coverage than we get from the television networks. For example, an examination of the questions asked by citizens calling in to Larry King Live on CNN during the 1992 campaign also found a gap between what the media focused on—mainly campaign strategy—and the issues that mattered to those ordinary citizens who asked then-president George H.

For UPI, 55 percent of the stories failed to reference a single issue: “‘Horse race’ permeates almost everything the press does in covering elections and candidates. We found that in our wire copy and videotape about five of every six campaign stories made some meaningful reference to the competition, but, by comparison, well over half of the same stories made no mention of issues” (148). In recent presidential campaigns, new polls are conducted every day to give us constant updates regarding the fortunes of each candidate.

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