Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment

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Oxford University Press, Jul 22, 2008 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Joseph Cappella-two of the nation's foremost experts on politics and media-offers a searching analysis of the conservative media establishment, from talk radio to Fox News to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. Echo Chamber is the first serious account of how the conservative media arose, what it consists of, and how it operates. Jamieson and Cappella find that Limbaugh, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal opinion pages create a self-protective enclave for conservatives, shielding them from other information sources and promoting highly negative views toward conservatism's political opponents. A thoughtful and incisive study, Echo Chamber offers the most authoritative and insightful account of this revolutionary phenomenon and its indelible effect on the American political landscape.
 

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Contents

1 How the Conservative Opinion Media Attack the Democratic Opposition
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2 How the Conservative Opinion Media Defend Conservatism
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The Players
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4 The Conservative Opinion Media as Opponents of Liberalism and Custodians of the Reagan Narrative
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5 Effects of an Echo Chamber
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An Analysis of Conservative Medias Audience
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7 Vetting Candidates for Office
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8 Stirring Emotion to Mobilize Engagement
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10 Engendering and Reinforcing Distrust of Mainstream Media
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11 Defining and Defending an Insular Interpretive Community
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12 Balkanization of Knowledge and Interpretation
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13 Distortion and Polarization
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Echo Chamber Cause for Concern or Celebration?
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Notes
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Index
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Copyright

9 Framing and Reframing the Mainstream Media
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which runs FactCheck.org. Her books include unSpun, Capturing Campaign Dynamics, and The Press Effect. Joseph N. Cappella is Gerard R. Miller Chair at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. A nationally recognized communications theorist, he is a past president of the International Communications Association and the co-author (with Kathleen Hall Jamieson) of the award-winning Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good.

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