The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008 by Stephen J. FarnsworthThe Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008 by Stephen J. Farnsworth

The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008

byStephen J. Farnsworth, Robert S. Lichter

Paperback | September 16, 2010

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The Nightly News Nightmare, Third Edition, examines news coverage of presidential nomination and election campaigns from 1988 to 2008. The book focuses on changes in the amount, tone, and focus of news coverage in these different electoral contexts. In addition to network news, the authors examine online news, cable television, talk radio, candidate campaign discourse in these election years. Farnsworth and Lichter find that the news media, despite the wide variety of outlets, have consistent problems in terms of fairness and focus on substantive matters rather than the horse-race reporting of the latest polls. In addition to the extensive discussion of the 2008 campaign, the third edition offers far more discussion and evidence regarding the use of alternative media, including online content, in the most recent presidential election. The authors conclude that online news had many of the same problems found in mainstream news coverage.
Stephen J. Farnsworth is assistant professor of communication at George Mason University and a former newspaper journalist. S. Robert Lichter is professor of communication at George Mason University and director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
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Title:The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.02 × 6.08 × 0.59 inPublished:September 16, 2010Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442200685

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Table of Contents

1 The Media and Presidential Elections: Studying News Content 2 A Need-to-Know Basis? Covering Issues of Substance and the Horse Race 3 Who Elected You? Candidates versus Reporters 4 A Plague on (almost) All Your Houses: Fairness, Negativity, and Accuracy 5 "Nobody Does It Better"? Comparing Key Campaign News Sources 6 Maybe Next Year? The Future of Campaign Coverage

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Praise for Second Edition: This book is a powerful reminder that network news coverage of presidential elections remains shockingly inadequate and inaccurate. The authors' evidence from content analysis leaves no doubt about their alarming conclusions. Read it and weep, and press for reforms!