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Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You're Wrong : New Republic Bks. - Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You're Wrong

New Republic Bks.

Paperback Published: 2nd June 2000
ISBN: 9780465036271
Number Of Pages: 320

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Here, at last, is the book for anyone who ever wondered how the media extravaganzas we call political campaigns really work. Everything You Think You Know About Politics…and Why You're Wrong explores why the American public, seemingly so eager for "unspun" information about candidates and their positions, invariably ends up feeling manipulated by our political process.Challenging the reader with strategically placed quizzes, well-known commentator on the media and politics Kathleen Hall Jamieson surveys the existing public record on voting patterns, campaign promises, and all manner of electioneering and comes up with an engaging mix of analysis, surprising factoids, and political cartoons. This book separates the facts from the convenient fictions that deter Americans from caring about the processes and outcomes of elections.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
The Content and Effects of Campaigns
Do Campaigns Matter?p. 3
The Morning After: Do Politicians Keep Their Promises?p. 19
Who's to Blame? Is the Perception Gap in the Campaigns, Media Coverage, or Both?p. 37
What Is Happening Now? The Quality of Campaign Discoursep. 49
What Should We Really Expect? How They Talk to Usp. 55
Do the Quotes of Scholars Add Anything Different to the News?p. 70
Are Voters Smarter Than Pundits, the Press, and Scholars About Attack in Politics?p. 73
Was Voter Turnout in 1996 the Lowest Since 1924?p. 80
The Gender Gap in Political Knowledge: Are Women Less Knowledgeable Than Men About Politics?p. 83
Candidate Advertising
Does Political Advertising Affect Turnout? If So, How, When, and for Whom?p. 93
Are Attack Ads Necessarily Negative?p. 97
Does Attack Advertising Affect Turnout?p. 107
Does Attack Advertising Create a Backlash? Mobilize the Other Side? Depress or Increase Support by Those of the Same Party?p. 111
Who Attacked More in Ads in 1996, Clinton or Dole?p. 115
Do Adwatches Backfire?p. 121
Issue-Advocacy Advertising
Do Issue Ads Work? If So, When?p. 125
The Influence of News
The Test Ban Treaty and the 2000 Campaignp. 143
Does Local Television News Inform As Well As Local Newspapers?p. 149
Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter? Do Politicians Speak for Themselves in Newspapers and on Television?p. 155
Why Winning a Presidential General-Election Debate Has Little to Do with Performancep. 161
Is There Anything New to Learn in Debates? Do Voters Learn from Them?p. 163
Has the Average Length of a Candidate's Statement in News Dropped Since 1968?p. 166
Does Local Television News Shape Our Views of Those of Other Races? A Case Study in Perception and Accuracy in News Media and Their Audiencep. 169
Is the Press Biased? Was the New York Times Biased Against Dole in 1996? Is Press Coverage Conservative or Liberal?p. 187
Who Sets the Print Media Agenda? A Case Study Focusing on the New York Timesp. 197
Does the Winning Candidate's Agenda Match the Electorate's More Closely Than the Losing Candidate's?p. 203
How Does Reporting of Poll Results Affect Campaign Coverage?p. 206
Conclusionp. 211
Appendix Ip. 223
Appendix IIp. 227
Appendix IIIp. 229
Appendix IVp. 231
Notesp. 245
Selected Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780465036271
ISBN-10: 0465036279
Series: New Republic Bks.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1