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News Grazers

News Grazers
Media, Politics, and Trust in an Information Age

Media & Politics

February 2018 | 232 pages | CQ Press
Politicians and journalists have never been among the most trusted professional classes; in this book, author Richard Forgette posits a "news grazing" explanation of how and why. Forgette, an expert on the U.S. Congress and public policy, draws upon direct experimental research to argue that the diffusion of media outlets and media technologies have resulted in an increasingly fragmented and distracted news audience. This unprecedented level of media choice is not only altering who accesses news and how they do it; more importantly, it is changing the news itself.

With chapters on commentary news, partisan news, breaking news, and fake news, News Grazers gives students the tools to critically analyze their ever-shifting media landscape. Special attention is paid to the effects of the media and political trust on the 2016 election.
Chapter 1: Why Don’t We Trust Congress and the Media?
News Grazing  
The Evolution of Media Choice and Screening  
The Birth of News Grazers  
News Grazing and Congressional Distrust  
Chapter 2: The News Grazer
Selective Exposure  
The News Grazing Decision – Practices and Theories  
News Grazing – Trends and Analysis  
Chapter 3: News Makers and Producers: The Emergence of Commentary News
Selling the News: Is News a Private or Public Good?  
The News Makers  
Adaptations and Strategies – Making Commentary News  
The News Producers  
New Media Strategies – Producing Commentary News  
Chapter 4: Partisan News
Understanding News Opinion  
Evaluating the Effects of Opinion News  
Chapter 5: Breaking News
Understanding News Urgency  
The Effects of News Urgency on Attitudes toward Congress  
Chapter 6: Fake News
Fake News and Political Trust  
Fake Satirical News – Evolution, Audience, and Content  
Political Satire and Public Attitudes Toward Congress: Why and How Does Political Satire Matter?  
Assessing the Effects of Political Satire on Congressional Cynicism  
Chapter 7: Over-Exposed
A Summary of the News Grazing Theory  
An Over-Exposed Congress: Does It Matter?  
An Over-Exposed Media: Does It Matter?  

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ISBN: 9781933116884