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ERIC Number: ED179966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Learning from Mistakes: Toward a Reflective Journalism.
Altheide, David L.
An examination of the role of journalists in the political process suggests that although there has been some reflective analysis by journalists on the potentially distorting consequences of routine news procedures, most journalists seem reluctant to acknowledge any such distortion. An analysis of the media coverage of two political scenarios (the withdrawal of Thomas Eagleton as the vice-presidential candidate of the Democratic party in 1972 and the resignation of Bert Lance as the director of the Office of Management and the Budget in 1977) revealed the following similarities to be generally true across the media: certain themes were selected and, repeated over time, came to be seen as real and relevant facts; the media appeared to be paramount in influencing the decisions of the two men; and the news media relied on a narrow focus rather than placing various events in context. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (74th, Boston, MA, August 27-31, 1979)