Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-2593-0 • Hardback • November 2013 • $69.00 • (£53.00)
978-1-4422-5207-3 • Paperback • June 2015 • $42.00 • (£32.00)
978-1-4422-2594-7 • eBook • November 2013 • $39.50 • (£30.00)
Jim A. Kuypers is an associate professor of communication at Virginia Tech. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Twentieth Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies, Bush’s War: Media Bias and Justifications for War in the Terrorist Age and Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action. He is a former editor for the American Communication Journal. He is the recipient of the American Communication Association’s Outstanding Contribution to Communication Scholarship Award, the Southern States Communication Association’s Early Career Research Award, and Dartmouth College’s Distinguished Lecturer Award. His research interests include meta-criticism, the moral/poetic use of language, and political communication, particularly ways that the news media influence political understanding
Chapter 1. The Rise of a Partisan Press: News was not always “News”
Chapter 2. Profits, Partisanship, and a War: The “Revolution in Journalism”
Chapter 3. A Golden Age of Objective Journalism?
Chapter 4. Three Presidents and a War
Chapter 5. Beyond Nixon: Growth of the Partisan Press
Chapter 6. Pushing Their Polls
Chapter 7. The Rise of the Alternate News Media in Radio and Internet
Chapter 8. Journalistic Values and Biased Reporting
Chapter 9. The Clinton Manipulation and a Declining Press
Chapter 10. Bush and Election 2000: We Spin, You Figure It Out
Chapter 11. Obama 2008 and the Contemporary Establishment News Media
Chapter 12. The 2010 and 2012 Elections
How does one even begin to open a scholarly discussion of news media bias in a landscape that has become so proliferated with bias that it now has its own category, 'partisan journalism'? This is the challenge for educators and students, and Kuypers starts by leading readers through the highly partisan roots of US newspapers' initial popularity surge (in the 1820s). He shows how the party presses of the medium's nascent days were not unlike Fox News or MSNBC today. (Objectivity, one learns, arose from scientific empiricism and good business: a practical, inoffensive way to serve large, diverse audiences.) Kuypers's clearheaded, highly insightful, and deeply researched volume takes the reader through all the ages of US journalism--through wars, presidents, and the ebb and flow of various media platforms. He even devotes a full chapter to the rise of alternative media. Partisan Journalism, which culminates with a chapter titled 'The 2010 and 2012 Elections,' is an extremely valuable and highly readable resource. Kuypers's examination is thorough, historically potent, and enlightening. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.
— Choice Reviews
A major strength of this book is the sheer volume of data to back up his claims.... [I]t is very good scholarship.
— Communication Research Trends
In Partisan Journalism: A History of Media Bias in the United States, Jim Kuypers has written one of those rare books that is designed to actually stimulate thought among scholars, news professionals and the news reading/viewing (and now tweeting and blogging) public. His analysis of the origins, rise, variations and modern incarnations of the partisan press is both scrupulously detailed and wittily pointed. More than just a history or a critique, Kuypers explains and contextualizes events, ideas and people who shaped our modern media world. The book will—I hope—incite controversy and counter-argument and thus spur a renewed debate on what constitutes a free and fair press in a representative republic.
— David D. Perlmutter, Dean and Professor of the College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University, and author of Blogwars: The New Political Battleground
• Winner, CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles (2014)