The problem of journalism: A political economic contribution to an explanation of the crisis in contemporary US journalism

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Abstract

In this article I present a political economic critique of contemporary US journalism, emphasizing the origins and limitations of professional journalism, the commercial attack upon journalism, and the right-wing critique of the liberal media. In my view, the US polity is enmeshed in a deep crisis and the collapse of a viable journalism is a significant factor--but by no means the only one--in explaining the shriveled and dilapidated state of US democracy. A political economic analysis stresses that the reasons for lousy journalism stem not from morally bankrupt or untalented journalists, but from a structure that makes such journalism the rational result of its operations. Hence if we are serious about producing a journalism and political culture suitable to a self-governing society, it is mandatory that there be structural change in the media system. This means explicit and major changes in the public policies that have created and spawned the media status quo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-329
Number of pages31
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Democracy
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Media
  • Ownership
  • Professionalism
  • Structural Critique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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