Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action (Media & Public Affairs)

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Most Americans consider a free press essential to democratic society -- either as an independent watchdog against governmental abuse of power or as a wide-open marketplace of ideas. But few understand that far-reaching public policies have shaped the news citizens receive. In an age when mass communication ranges from independent cable channels to the Internet, it is essential to assess these policies and their effects if we want the media to continue fulfilling their role. Freeing the Presses offers a pathbreaking inquiry into the theory and practice of freedom of the press at a critical time in the growing overlap between modern media and political discussion. Six political communication scholars draw upon history, sociology, political science, legal philosophy, and journalism to investigate whether the freedoms and privileges given to the news media and to reporters actually produce the results we expect. Their discussion covers past, present, and future media performance and engages a wide range of provocative questions.

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Timothy E. Cook is the author of Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution, winner of the Doris A. Graber Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association; and Making Laws and Making News: Media Strategies in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been a research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and he won the Doris Graber Prize of the American Political Science Association as a coauthor of the book Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign. He is the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr., Chair of Political Communication in the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication.



Timothy E. Cook is the author of Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution, winner of the Doris Graber Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association; and Making Laws and Making News: Media Strategies in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been a research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and he won the Doris Graber Best Book Award as a coauthor of Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign. He is the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr., Chair of Political Communication in the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication

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