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|Title:||Chapter 10 The Media: The Decline of Credibility and Elite Control|
|Author(s):||David H. Kamens|
|Volume:||18 Editor(s): David H. Kamens ISBN: 978-1-78052-708-6 eISBN: 978-1-78052-709-3|
|Citation:||David H. Kamens (2012), Chapter 10 The Media: The Decline of Credibility and Elite Control, in David H. Kamens (ed.) Beyond the Nation-State (Research in the Sociology of Education, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.281-303|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1479-3539(2012)0000018014 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
National media have always represented the views of prominent national corporate actors, whether they are governments or business groups. Thus, they present a public agenda that has a built-in point of view. For instance, in Britain the conservative tabloids of Murdoch's empire are generally anti-EU, pro-business, and in favor of free market policies. The columnist “Bagehot” (The Economist, September 11–17, 2010, p. 70) argues that British tabloids enjoy political power in several ways. First, “thanks to weak taboos about privacy, they wield the threat of personal exposure of politicians.” And second, “when they are not humiliating individuals, the tabloids shape political debate by the hammer of repetition. They tempt governments into policymaking by headline – a method that prizes speed, simplicity, and emotional satisfaction over sober analysis of costs and benefits.” The author concludes that years of hostile headlines about the EU have made sensible public debate impossible. The recent scandal enveloping the Murdoch media empire in Britain has exposed the extent of its media power.
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