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978-0-7391-8752-4 • Hardback • September 2014 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
978-1-4985-0169-9 • Paperback • August 2016 • $49.99 • (£38.00)
978-0-7391-8753-1 • eBook • September 2014 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Lynn Letukas is assistant research scientist at the College Board and independent research scholar.
Chapter 1: What is a Pundit?
Chapter 2: The Ascent of Punditry
Chapter 3: The Era of Infotainment: The Rise of Television Punditry and Sound Bite News
Chapter 4: Constructing the News
Chapter 5: Packaging Pundit Claims about Social Issues
Chapter 6: How Primetime Pundits Politicize News
Chapter 7: Justifying Day Two: How Cable News Sustains a Story
Chapter 8: A Model for Partisan News
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Case Studies
Primetime Pundits provides a careful, scholarly, and generally reliable guide to the confusing world of political punditry in the early twenty-first century.
— Eric Alterman, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Millions of people regularly watch cable news pundits, yet little attention has been paid to their rising influence. Primetime Pundits, an original and thought-provoking book, remedies this gap. Expertly placing the claimsmaking of pundits in their social, political, and historical context, this fascinating and timely book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politicization of information through the media.
— Rebecca Tiger, Middlebury College
Primetime Pundits deftly explores how opinion, outrage, and provocative moralizing have become accepted—expected, even—components of the modern news cycle and what this means for how news gets made and received by audiences. Letukas’ analysis should resonate with anyone who harbors an interest in cable news, and is a must read for media scholars who study the social construction of news and how media content influences popular rhetoric about political and social issues.
— Brian Monahan, Marywood University, author of The Shock of the News