Press Bias and Politics

How the Media Frame Controversial Issues

by Jim A. Kuypers


Kuypers examines over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality to documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news.

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September 2002


Pages 320
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
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Kuypers charts the potential effects the printed presses and broadcast media have upon the messages of political and social leaders when they discuss controversial issues. Examining over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality from 116 different newspapers, Kuypers meticulously documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news. This book asserts that such a bias hurts the democratic process by ignoring non-mainstream left positions and vilifying many moderate and most right-leaning positions, leaving only a narrow brand of liberal thought supported by the mainstream press.

This book argues that the mainstream press in America is an anti-democratic institution. By comparatively analyzing press reports, as well as the events that occasioned the coverage, Kuypers paints a detailed picture of the politics of the American press. He advances four distinct reportorial practices that inject bias into reporting, offering perspectives of particular interest to scholars, students, and others involved with mass communication, journalism, and politics in the United States.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Robert E. Denton, Jr.Understanding Media Manipulation of Controversial IssuesCharles Davidson, "The Confederate Battle Flag: A Symbol of Racism?"William J. Clinton, "Initiative on Race"Loius Farrakhan, "Remarks at the Million Man March"Reggie White: "Wisconsin State Assembly Speech"Trent Lott: "Armstrong Williams Show Comments'William J. Clinton, "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner"Conclusion: Press Bias, Politics, and the Media Manipulate Controversial IssuesBibliographyIndex

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