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The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists, and the Stories that Shape the Political World

Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman


What Americans know, understand, and believe about the world of politics is the product of a negotiation between journalists and political actors. The news is primarily shaped not by a liberal or conservative bias, but by the need for news to be dramatic and easily packaged. Consequently, the frames into which events are fit – more than any objective idea of truth – determine what information passes through the news filter.

Keywords: 2000 election, framing, journalism, news bias, patriotism, politics, press, public opinion, September 11

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152777
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195152778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author
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Paul Waldman, author
both at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania