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Author Baym, Geoffrey.
Title From Cronkite to Colbert : the evolution of broadcast news / Geoffrey Baym.
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2009]
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 Floor4  PN4888.T4 B39 2009    IN LIBRARY
Description ix, 191, 1 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Media and power
Media and power.
Note Copyright 2009 Paradigm Publishers.
"First published by Paradigm Publishers."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Ted Koppel's giant head -- Representing reality -- Publicizing politics -- Slow death of CBS News -- News from somewhere: hybrid blends in the multichannel era -- Daily Show and the reinvention of political journalism -- Nothing I'm saying means anything: Stephen Colbert and the new language of public affairs -- Networked news: Stewart, Colbert, and the new public sphere -- Real news, fake news, and the conversation of democracy .
Summary Synopsis: In a time when increasing numbers of people are tuning out the nightly news and media consumption is falling, the late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines an historical path that begins at the height of the network age with Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, when the evening news was considered the authoritative record of the day's events and forged our assumptions about what "the news" is, or should be. The book then winds its way through the breakdown of that paradigm of "real" news and into its reinvention in the unlikely form of such popularized shows as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. From Cronkite to Colbert makes the case that rather than "fake news," those shows should be understood as a new kind of journalism, one that has the potential to save the news and reinvigorate the conversation of democracy in today's society.
Subject Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
Daily show (Television program)
Colbert report (Television program)
ISBN 0199945845 (paperback)
9780199945832 (hardback)
0199945837 (hardback)
9780199945849 (paperback)
OCLC number 820345411