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Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong

September 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A study by Christopher R. Martin, Ph.D. and Peter Dreier, Ph.D. Using the controversy over ACORN as a case study, this report illustrates the way the media help set the agenda for public debate, and frame the way that debate is shaped. It describes how “opinion entrepreneurs” (primarily business and conservative groups […]

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Tags: ACORN · Cable Television · Elections · Internet · Journalism · Journalism Ethics · Labor News · Media Economics · Public Relations · Television News

Obama and the End of Identity Politics

November 12th, 2008 · No Comments

One of the most unfortunate book titles of the last year was Shelby Steele’s A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win. The book was published in December 2007, and beginning with the Iowa caucuses the following month, Steele had to explain with increasing difficulty why Obama still wouldn’t […]

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Tags: Books · Elections

Candidates Respond to Wall Street Failures: Is Government the Problem or the Answer?

September 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The recent collapse of several investment banks on Wall Street is one of those stories that is hard to understand and easy to dismiss. But the financial meltdown tells us plenty about how a McCain or Obama administration would handle the country’s economy, and whether we will bring stability back to the financial market, or keep blindly repeating the boom-bust cycle.

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Tags: Elections · Television News

WE SURVIVED THE STRIKE! Of course we did.

February 13th, 2008 · No Comments

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Back around November 5, when the Writers Guild of America first called a strike against the major entertainment studios, there were almost hysterical reports in the news media — what are we going to do without new episodes of our favorite TV programs? Like, Omigosh! The January 25 Entertainment Weekly even had a special “Strike Survival Guide” issue with cover of a bearded Conan O’Brien (who, along with David Letterman, used the time off the screen to watch his facial hair grow) that boasted “67 tips to beat the entertainment dry spell.”

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Tags: Elections · Internet · Journalism · Labor News · Television News