ERIC Number: ED154417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Creating Reality: How TV News Distorts Events.
Altheide, David L.
A three-year research project, including more than one year in a network affiliate station, provided the material for an analysis of current practices in television news programming. Based on the thesis that the organization of news encourages the oversimplification of events, this analysis traces the foundation of the bias called the "news perspective" through commercialism, scheduling, technology, and competition; provides ethnographic materials to illustrate how these constraints affect news personnel; and offers partial solutions to the problem as well as suggestions for scrutinizing news messages. The following topics are discussed: television news and everyday life; the news environment, including ratings, management, and audience; the news organization; local news; coverage of political conventions by local and national news; the Eagleton and Watergate stories; and rethinking television news, with consideration for the context of events. An appendix describes the methodology employed in the study. (MAI)
Descriptors: Audiences, Bias, Broadcast Television, Commercial Television, Current Events, Editing, Material Development, News Reporting, News Writing, Politics
Sage Publications, Inc., 275 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212 ($14.00 cloth, $6.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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