31 October 2007

On the Mainstrem Press and Its Critics: What is Wrong with Politics?

Over at The Nation I discovered this link to a study, actually an indictment, published by the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. The report excoriates (in an understated policy report sort of way) what passes for political reporting in the U.S. Media. What I find pretty astounding is that the study criticizes the press for focusing on "political" issues like fund-raising, polls and so forth, thereby colluding in an extremely narrow understanding of what counts as political. Americans seems to want information about policies and institutions and practices and their consequences, in short, about alternative ways of arranging our public affairs. God forbid that debates about such things these be treated for what they are, namely politics.


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