A sobering look at the intimate relationship between political power and the news media, When the Press Fails argues the dependence of reporters on official sources disastrously thwarts coverage of dissenting voices from outside the Beltway. The result is both an indictment of official spin and an urgent call to action that questions why the mainstream press failed to challenge the Bush administrationas arguments for an invasion of Iraq or to illuminate administration policies underlying the Abu Ghraib controversy. Drawing on revealing interviews with Washington insiders and analysis of content from major news outlets, the authors illustrate the mediaas unilateral surrender to White House spin whenever oppositional voices elsewhere in government fall silent. Contrasting these grave failures with the refreshingly critical reporting on Hurricane Katrinaaa rare event that caught officials off guard, enabling journalists to enter a no-spin zoneaWhen the Press Fails concludes by proposing new practices to reduce reportersa dependence on power. aThe hand-in-glove relationship of the U.S. media with the White House is mercilessly exposed in this determined and disheartening study that repeatedly reveals how the press has toed the official line at those moments when its independence was most needed.aaGeorge Pendle, Financial Times aBennett, Lawrence, and Livingston are indisputably right about the news mediaas dereliction in covering the administrationas campaign to take the nation to war against Iraq.aaDon Wycliff, Chicago Tribune a[This] analysis of the weaknesses of Washington journalism deserves close attention.aaRussell Baker, New York Review of BooksA sobering look at the intimate relationship between political power and the news media, When the Press Fails argues the dependence of reporters on official sources disastrously thwarts coverage of dissenting voices from outside the Beltway ...
|Title||:||When the Press Fails|
|Author||:||W. Lance Bennett, Regina G. Lawrence, Steven Livingston|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2008-09-15|