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The Press EffectPoliticians, Journalists, and the Stories that Shape the Political World$
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195152778.001.0001

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The Press as Custodian of Fact

The Press as Custodian of Fact

(p.165) Chapter 7 The Press as Custodian of Fact
The Press Effect

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Waldman

Oxford University Press

The custodianship of fact should be the role that undergirds journalism. All too often, reporters allow the frames of their stories to shape the facts, instead of the other way around. The press has a responsibility to adjudicate factual disputes among political actors, even at the risk of charges of bias. The chapter offers a series of recommendations that would guide journalists toward fulfilling this role.

Keywords:   bias, fact, factual disputes, framing, journalism, political actors

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