The View from the States: National Politics in Local Newspaper Editorials

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 159 Seiten
Despite Tip O'Neill's maxim that 'all politics is local, ' and despite the press's emphasis on proximity as a news value, national and international developments are frequent topics of discussion in local newspaper editorials. In The View From the States, Jan. P. Vermeer demonstrates how public discourse on national politics at the local level influences how citizens and policy makers alike perceive and respond to national political institutions. Using 1994 as a case study, Vermeer examines ten medium-sized daily newspapers representing all regions of the country and analyzes their editorial commentaries on Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and the electoral process. He concludes that, while the papers show varied responses to national political events, the editorials regularly inject national concerns into local political discourse. The View From the States takes a fresh look at the ever increasing influence of regional media on national politics.
 

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Studying Local Newspaper Editorials
1
Uniformity and Diversity in Topic Selection
21
Congress Is It National or Is It Local?
39
The Primacy of the President
59
Blame the Bureaucrats
81
Judges in Black Robes
99
Protecting the States
115
Through the Prism of Local Priorities
131
Bibliography
141
Index
151
About the Author
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Jan P. Vermeer is professor of political science at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is the author of For Immediate Release: Candidate News Releases in American Political Campaigns, and the editor of In 'Media' Res: Readings in American Politics and the Mass Media (McGraw-Hill) and Campaigns in the News: Mass Media and Congressional Elections.

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