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Author Entman, Robert M.
Title Scandal and silence : media responses to presidential misconduct / Robert M. Entman.
Published Cambridge, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Polity Press, 2012.
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 Floor4  P96.S29 E58 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description 269 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
Series Contemporary political communication
Contemporary political communication.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [234]-255) and index.
Contents High crimes or misdemeanors? -- Analyzing media and presidential scandal -- Private lives in the public sphere : what do journalists know, and when do they tell it? -- Secret sins of 2008 : the McCain, Edwards and Clinton families' values -- Dodging scandals-and the draft -- Rathergate : from a scandal of politics to a scandal of journalism -- Harkening to other matters : what news looks like when a scandal is silenced -- Silenced scandals of grave misconduct -- Recalibrating scandal and silence.
Summary The author argues that "media neglect most corruption, providing too little, not too much scandal coverage; scandals arise from rational, controlled processes, not emotional frenzies -- and when scandals happen, it's not the media but government and political parties that drive the process and any excesses that might occur; significant scandals are difficult for news organizations to initiate and harder for them to maintain and bring to appropriate closure; for these reasons cover-ups and lying often work, and truth remains essentially unrecorded, unremembered."--Back cover
Subject Scandals in mass media.
Mass media -- Political aspects.
Scandals -- Press coverage -- United States.
Presidents -- Press coverage -- United States.
Presidents -- Corrupt practices -- United States -- History.
Presidents -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History.
Scandals -- United States.
Alternate Title Media responses to presidential misconduct
ISBN 9780745647623 (hbk.)
0745647626 (hbk.)
9780745647630 (pbk.)
0745647634 (pbk.)
OCLC number 760971096