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Good news, bad news
Diamond, Edwin.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1978]

Physical Description:
xiv, 263 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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Good News, Bad News is one of the few recent works of press criticism in which substance and style are fully in harmony. The reader is neither overwhelmed with raw data nor dazzled by flashy opinions unsupported by documentation: the authority of the research that informs Diamond's opinions is always in evidence. Much of the book is based on material compiled by the News Study Group, in the Political Science Department at MIT. The book's three parts cover the 1976 campaign, changes in television, and changes in print journalism

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
I The New Campaign Journalism
1 Prologue: The Lessons of 1972p. 3
2 The Primaries: What the Media Made of Jimmy Carter and "Others"p. 15
3 The Primaries: What the Candidates Made of the Mediap. 29
4 The Campaign: The Almost-Great Debatesp. 49
5 The Campaign: Presidential Images and Realitiesp. 61
6 The Election: Putting the Press in Its Proper Placep. 75
II News as Entertainment, Entertainment as News
7 "Agenda Setting" and Other Myths of Media Powerp. 89
8 The Seduction of the Audiencep. 99
9 Tabloid Television -- and Afterp. 114
10 The Mark of the Qp. 123
11 Broadcasting and the First Amendmentp. 133
12 "We're Number One!"p. 147
III Suspended Sentences
13 The Celebrification of the Newsp. 167
14 The Mid-Life Crisis of the News Magazinesp. 182
15 The Fall and Rise of the Oldspaperp. 196
16 Busing Comes to Boston: A Media Drama in Two Actsp. 207
17 The "Watergate Effect" and the Future of the Newsp. 230
Notes and Sourcesp. 241
Indexp. 253