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John Mermin turns the outdated observed -- "we misplaced Vietnam as the liberal press became opposed to the trouble" -- on its head in "Debating warfare and Peace." as a substitute, Mermin means that the trendy media fails to satisfy the real position of a loose and self sustaining press in a democratic society. Taking fresh conflicts as his place to begin, Mermin concludes that the fashionable media, instead of severely interpreting govt regulations and offering a vital self sustaining resource of knowledge to an educated public, usually parrots the traditional knowledge contained in the Washington Beltway. if you happen to are via consolidation within the media undefined, the trivialization of significant concerns, and the aptitude sway of a "liberal" press, this won't be any such undesirable outcome. however, Mermin's e-book warns us to learn the inside track from Washington, D.C. with a serious eye, in particular in a time whilst the rapid-fire news-cycle prevents newshounds from pursuing greater than a sound-bite in regards to the problems with the day.

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Debating the Indexing Rule The claim of the indexing hypothesis is that the reliance of journalists on official sources is great enough to cause the spectrum of debate in the news to mirror the spectrum of debate in Washington. This would mean that critical perspectives on government policy that have not been expressed inside the government are ignored or marginalized in the news. Before examining the evidence, however, it is important to establish what is at stake. Some argue that it is perfectly reasonable for elected officials to set the terms and boundaries of foreign-policy debate in the news, and that the job of the media is to report those issues and alternatives politicians decide to address.

Foreign policy therefore continue to match the interests of American business. On some aspects of foreign economic policy business is divided, but there has not been a military intervention in the post-Vietnam era in which such a division has materialized. S. intervention. But do the experts consulted represent the balance of American expert opinion? ”48 Zaller does point to possible “bias in recruitment to the expert communities,” and expresses concern that “professional incentive structures” could introduce distortions into the analysis expert communities produce,49 but he does not seem to view these problems as major ones.

Page, “The News before the Storm: The Iraq War Debate and the Limits to Media Independence,” in Bennett and Paletz, Taken by Storm, p. 97. 12 T H E S P E CT R U M O F D EB AT E I N T HE N E WS 21 In a somewhat more systematic formulation of this argument, Herbert J. Gans argues for “multiperspectivism” in the media, on the ground that news dominated by political (and economic) elites reinforces the position of the powerful and organized in society. ”16 In this deliberative democracy, institutional and social position should not be a factor in deciding who gets access to public debate.

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