After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New by Bruce A. Williams, Michael X. Delli Carpini

By Bruce A. Williams, Michael X. Delli Carpini

The recent media atmosphere has challenged the function reporters because the fundamental resource of politically suitable info. After Broadcast information places this problem into historic context, arguing that it's the most up-to-date of a number of severe moments, pushed by means of fiscal, political, cultural, and technological adjustments, within which the connection between voters, political elites, and the media has been contested. Out of those earlier moments, specified "media regimes" finally emerged, every one with its personal probably usual ideas and norms, and every the results of political fight with transparent winners and losers. The media regime in position for the latter 1/2 the 20 th century has been dismantled, yet a brand new regime has but to emerge. Assuring this regime is a democratic one calls for critical attention of what used to be most dear and such a lot complicated approximately prior regimes and what's most likely most respected and so much frustrating approximately modern new details atmosphere.

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The elite papers waged a “moral war” against the sensational and successful Pulitzer and Hearst, much like the one that the old elite conducted against the sensational and successful Bennett a half century before. (Mindich 1998, 129; for a discussion of the context within which Rather made this claim, see the opening of the next chapter) This new journalism of the 1890s was characterized by the elite papers as “deviant, feminine, and uncivilized” (Mindich 1998, 130). Mindich, like Schudson (1978), draws the parallel between these struggles and those that occurred earlier and later in American media history: in the 1830s between the established newspapers and the pennies; in the 1890s between the former pennies and the Pulitzer and Hearst papers; in the 1920s to 1940s between newspapers and radios; and from the 1950s to 1980s between television and newspapers and radio.

It is not a legitimate mid-twentieth century news organization. But it is a legitimate nineteenth century news organization and it could well be what twenty-first century news organizations increasingly look like. The concept of “legitimacy” in news gathering and reporting is not timeless and forever fixed; the point is that it is now very much up for grabs. What the Obama Administration is trading on in its attacks is the notion that “legitimate” journalism is “objective” twentieth century journalism, and since Fox is not that, it is not legitimate journalism.

Who would not be ashamed and afraid to perpetrate such an act of humiliation and disgrace. ” (Rosenfeld 1997, 722) Press opinions were not limited to casting personal aspersions. 4 In this media regime, it was up to the reader to actively sort through these claims and counterclaims. Whether citizens were able to do so is, of course, an open question. The readership of newspapers was restricted by distribution practices (the price of the newspapers meant that they were often read only in clubs and other social settings, although this practice did encourage discussions about what was read).

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