Tales of Terror: Television News and the Construction of the Terrorist Threat (Media and Society Series) (Hardcover)

By: Dobkin, Bethami A.

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Conventional research suggests that news coverage of terrorism is a tool of the terrorist to gain public support and recognition. Based on an analysis of more than 200 evening newscasts aired during the first six years of the Reagan administration, Tales of Terror offers a detailed account of the ways in which news media escalate public panic about terrorism and encourage support for specific U.S. policy objectives, rather than build sympathy for terrorists. Bethami Dobkin explores similarities between news media and government portrayals of terrorism, combining textual criticism with an interpretation of official U.S. policy statements, and argues that government depictions and news presentations of terrorism reproduce an ideology that supports military strength and intervention.

Dobkin examines several specific features of news coverage: the dramatic format of television news and the political interests that this format serves; the narrative construction of enemies by television journalists and public officials and the political significance of the terrorist label; the use and significance of testimony, particularly that of people affected by crisis; the mutual exploitation of political crisis by both television news producers and public officials; the function of journalism in shaping the conduct of public diplomacy and public perceptions of foreign conflict; and the creation of consensus about the need for military responses to political violence. This revealing study will be of particular interest to scholars of communications and political science.

Title: Tales of Terror: Television News and the Construction of the Terrorist Threat (Media and Society Series) (Hardcover)

Author Name: Dobkin, Bethami A.

Categories: College Textbooks, Religion, Theology Textbooks,

Publisher: U.S.A., Praeger Publishers: 1992

ISBN Number: 0275939812

ISBN Number 13: 9780275939816

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 020709

Description: Very good condition. No inteiror writing or highlighting. Tales of Terror: Television News and the Construction of the Terrorist Threat (Media and Society Series) (Hardcover) By Product Description Based on an analysis of more than 200 evening newscasts aired during the first six years of the Reagan administration, Tales of Terror offers a detailed account of the ways in which news media escalate public panic about terrorism and encourage support for specific U.S. policy objectives, rather than build sympathy for terrorists. Dobkin explores similarities between news media and government portrayals of terrorism, combining textual criticism with an interpretation of official U.S. policy statements, and argues that government depictions and news presentations of terrorism reproduce an ideology that supports military strength and intervention. Product Details Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: Praeger Publishers (1992) Language: English ISBN-10: 0275939812 ISBN-13: 978-0275939816 Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches

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