Democracy under Attack: How the Media Distort Policy and Politics
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Democracy under Attack: How the Media Distort Policy and Politics

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The ongoing News International phonehacking scandal has made abundantly clear that the media’s influence over politics is both immense and largely hidden from public scrutiny. As the scandal grows, a question arises: even when they stay on the right side of the law, to what extent do the media influence the political process? In Democracy under Attack, one of the media’s o...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Policy Press (first published November 9th 2011)
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John
'Democracy under attack' looks at the role of the media in driving social policy. It accuses journalists of distortion, dumbing down, hunting in packs and several other sins. Nothing remarkable about that, you might think, except that the author is a journalist – Malcolm Dean, until 2006 the editor of the Guardian ‘Society’ section and one of the paper’s leader writers. The book is a fascinating interweaving of government policy decisions – especially in the Labour years – with the media’s treat...more
Don
Dean’s account of the place the media holds in the democratic governance of the UK ranges over a number of themes. These include the concentration of publishing and broadcast power into fewer hands; the ambition of owners to make their mark on the way the country is governed; the acquiescence of mainstream politicians to this situation; and the disreputable practices which have taken root within the industry and rival companies battle to stay afloat.

Yet the way the argument is put together gives...more
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