The Partisan Press

A History of Media Bias in the United States

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About the Book

This book is the first to place the contemporary debate over media bias in historical context, illustrating how partisan bias in the American media has built political parties, set the stage for several wars, and even contributed to the rise and fall of U.S. presidents. The author discusses the rise of the unprecedented post–World War II model of objective journalism and explains why this model is breaking down under the challenge of a new generation of technology-driven partisan media alternatives.

About the Author(s)

Si Sheppard is an associate professor of American Politics at Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Si Sheppard
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 384
Bibliographic Info: 44 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3282-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1100-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction: Bias—A New Debate?      5

1. The Rise of the Party Press, 1789–1824      21

3. From Civil War to Gilded Age, 1860–1896      140

4. The Newspaper Barons, 1896–1960      196

5. The Liberal Media? 1960–Today      259

Conclusion: Toward a New Understanding of Bias      281

Appendix: Newspaper Endorsements for President, 1940–1996      299

Chapter Notes      305

Bibliography      357

Index      373