Media and Politics in America: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2003 - 237 pages

Where mass media and politics intersect is a distinctly American brand of political communication. Media and Politics in America: A Reference Handbook examines the major events, people, controversies, and resources of political communication from the Revolutionary War to the election of 2000. It follows the adoption of the First Amendment, the emergence of the penny press, women's suffrage, the selection of presidential candidates, the advent of radio and television, and the influence of the Internet.

Readers will find government documents, Supreme Court cases, campaign statistics, media trends, and public opinion polls. The chapter on resources and the directory of organizations are extensive.

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1 History and Evolution of Political Communication
2 Problems in Political Communication
3 The Process of News Communication
4 Chronology
5 Biographical Sketches
6 Legal Documents and Court Cases
7 Associations and Organizations
8 Print and Nonprint Resources
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About the author (2003)

Guido H. Stempel III is distinguished professor emeritus in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, is currently director of the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University.

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