From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

Hardcover | August 6, 2009

byGeoffrey Baym

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In a time when increasing numbers of people are tuning out the nightly news and media consumption is falling, the late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines an historical path that begins at theheight of the network age with Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, when the evening news was considered the authoritative record of the day's events and forged our assumptions about what the news is, or should be. The book then winds its way through the breakdown of that paradigm of real news and into its reinvention in the unlikely form of such popularized shows as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. From Cronkite to Colbert makes the case that rather than fake news, those shows should be understood as anew kind of journalism, one that has the potential to save the news and reinvigorate the conversation of democracy in today's society.

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In a time when increasing numbers of people are tuning out the nightly news and media consumption is falling, the late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines an historical path that begins at theheight of the network age with Walter Cronkite ...

Geoffrey Baym is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topics of popular culture and communication as well as political communication and published Media Theory, co-authored with James A. Anderson, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.1 × 4.4 × 0.6 inPublished:August 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945837

ISBN - 13:9780199945832

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Table of Contents

1. Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Ted Koppel's Giant Head2. Representing Reality3. Publicizing Politics4. The Slow Death of CBS News5. News from Somewhere: Hybrid Blends in the Multichannel Era6. The Daily Show and The Reinvention of Political Journalism7. "Nothing I'm Saying Means Anything": Stephen Colbert and the New Language of Public Affairs8. Networked News: Stewart, Colbert, and the New Public Sphere9. Real News, Fake News, and the Conversation of Democracy