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Mass Media and American Politics

Eleventh Edition


600 pages | CQ Press

A comprehensive, trusted core text on media’s impact on attitudes, behavior, elections, politics, and policymaking, Mass Media and American Politics is known for its readable introduction to the literature and theory of the field, and for staying current with each new edition on issues of new and social media, media ownership, the regulatory environment, infotainment, and war-time reporting. Written by the late Doris Graber--a scholar who has played an enormous role in establishing and shaping the field of mass media and American politics--and now lead by Johanna Dunaway, this book has set the standard for the course.

New to this edition:

  • Extensive coverage of political misinformation - the role changing communication technologies and mass media more generally are playing in its consumption and dissemination, as well as how the press is handling and should handle reporting on political misinformation, especially as it pertains to the presidency, elections, and crises like Covid-19.
  • Updated coverage of the role social media and other popular digital platforms are playing (or not playing) in the effort to stop the spread of mis- and dis-information on their platforms, with special attention to both foreign and domestic efforts to use these platforms to incite violence, cause confusion about, and/or encourage distrust in, democratic institutions.
  • Expanded treatment of rising affective, social, and ideological polarization in politics, with a special focus on whether and how mass media are contributing to these forms of polarization.
  • New updates on causes and consequences of expanding news deserts, declining local news, and rampant growth of hedge-fund media ownership.
  • Up to date coverage of what researchers are learning about the implications of growth in digital, social and mobile media use. What does it mean for attention to news and politics?
 
Part I Media Purpose and Structure
 
1 Media Power and Government Control
 
2 Ownership, Regulation, and Guidance of Media
 
3 News-Making and Reporting Routines
 
4 News and Politics in the Changing Media Landscape
 
Part II Who and What Makes the News?
 
5 News from the Presidency
 
6 Media Coverage of Congress and the Courts
 
7 State and Local News
 
8 Foreign Affairs Coverage
 
9 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality in Media and Politics
 
Part III Media Effects
 
10 Political Socialization and Learning
 
11 Persuasion, Campaigns, and Advertising
 
12 Incivility, Negativity, and Bias in the Media
 
13 Media Effects: Then and Now
 
Part IV Current Trends and Future Directions
 
14 Current Trends and Future Directions

Johanna Dunaway

Johanna Dunaway is associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University and a recent Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. She has written extensively on the relationship between the structural and contextual features of media outlets and election news content.  Within this research program, she has examined news coverage of political campaigns, immigration, and events such as the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Her current research examines the impact of the changing media environment across individuals, communities, and the news industry. In addition to these... More About Author

Doris A. Graber

Doris A. Graber is professor emeritus of political science and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has written and edited numerous articles and books on the news media, public opinion, and information-processing. They include Media Power in Politics, Sixth Edition (2010), The Power of Communication: Managing Information in Public Organizations (2003), a prize-winning book about Processing Politics: Learning from Television in the Internet Age (2001), and On Media and Making Sense of Politics (2012), a comparative study of learning about politics from entertainment broadcasts. More About Author