You are here

Politics and the Media

Politics and the Media
Intersections and New Directions

First Edition
  • Jane Hall - American University, Washington, DC, USA

August 2021 | 400 pages | CQ Press
"The book is very timely and it has good case studies for students to discuss in class. It has chapters on
race- and gender-related issues. You can use it as the main textbook, or you can assign it as supplementary reading material."
—Ivy Shen, PhD. Southeast Missouri State University

Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions examines how media and political institutions interact to shape public thinking and debates around social problems, cultural norms, and policies. From the roles of race and gender in American politics to the 2020 elections and the global coronavirus pandemic, this is an extraordinary moment for politicians, the news media, and democracy itself. Drawing from years of experience as an active political media analyst, an award-winning journalist and professor of politics and the media, Jane Hall explores how media technologies, practices, and formats shape political decision-making; how political forces influence media institutions; and how public opinion and media audiences are formed. Students will gain an understanding of these issues through a combination of scholarship, in-depth interviews, and contemporary case-studies that will help them develop their own views and learn to express them constructively. 

Chapter 1: The Landscape of Media and Politics Today
The 2016 Presidential Election

Media-Centered Politics

The Roles Media Play

The Goals for This Book

Chapter 2: Underlying Concepts and Historical Foundations
Media-Effects Theory

Agenda-Setting Theory

Priming Theory


The Power of the Senses


Chapter 3: Political Advertising: Persuasion and Deception
Spending on Political Advertising

Persuasive Techniques: From Classical Rhetoric to Product Advertising

Advertisements in Recent Campaigns


Chapter 4: Reporting the News: Cultural Bias, Trust, and Accountability
Bias toward Immediacy across Media

Bias toward Conflict and Narrow Debate

Bias toward Insiderism

Bias toward Horse-Race Coverage

Bias toward Establishment Candidates and Perceived Front-Runners

Bias toward Official Sources

Bias toward Media Narratives

Bias toward Objectivity in Journalism

Where Do We Go from Here?


Chapter 5: Politicians, the Media, and Social Media: The Push-Pull Relationship
Congress: Divided and Gridlocked

The Presidency and the Media

Covering Trump

Changes in Coverage of Party Conventions

Outreach on Social Media—Messaging and Mobilizing

Fake News/Disinformation

The 2020 Campaign and Moving Forward

Critiques and Self-Critiques of 2016


Chapter 6: Race and Immigration in Media and Politics: Protests, Policies, and Reform
Death of George Floyd

Coverage of Race and Ethnicity in the Media

The Obama Presidency



Chapter 7: Global Media: The International Influencer
American Exceptionalism and Global Public Opinion

The Coronavirus Pandemic

Climate Change

Humanitarian Crises


Far-Right Domestic Terrorism

Wartime Coverage


Chapter 8: The Media and Women in Politics
Gender Dynamics in Running for President

“Hair, Hemlines, and Husbands”: Sexist Coverage and Impact

Women World Leaders and Structural Barriers to Women Running in the U.S.

Identity Politics and Voters in 2016

Gender in Media and Politics in the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Kamala Harris



"It better contextualizes RECENT changes to media politics - integration of digital media, complexity of political phenomenon like fake news and misinformation, and puts it into a perspective that accounts for changes in the last 60 years."

Jeffrey N. Carroll
Chestnut Hill College

"The book is very timely and it has good case studies for students to discuss in class. It has chapters on
race- and gender-related issues. You can use it as the main textbook, or you can assign it as supplementary reading material."

Ivy Shen, PhD
Southeast Missouri State University

"An up-to-date exploration of the changing role of media in our politics."

Donna Halper, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Key features


  • Highly accessible writing style is equally informative and approachable for students new to the discipline.
  • In-depth interviews and detailed case studies give students a well-rounded look at the media's relationships with politics.
  • End-of-chapter assignments give students extra opportunities to analyze political advertisements, examine candidacy announcement videos, and compare and contrast global news coverage.

For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

Electronic version
Prices from
*180 day rental

ISBN: 9781544385143