Although the issue of bias in the media has become increasingly salient as a political issue this dissertation proves that in fact we are living in an era when the media is unusually unbiased. In this dissertation I trace the origins of partisan politics in the U.S. to the rivalry between Hamilton and Jefferson that spawned not only the Federalist and Republican parties but a media business model that was explicitly based on partisan patronage. For most of American history the issue of bias was meaningless because there was no standard of objectivity to aspire to. Editors attached themselves to one party and represented its interests exclusively. The era of objective journalism that emerged in the wake of the Second World War was an unprecedented deviation from the norm. I conclude this era is now breaking down under pressure from new communications technologies and the nation is returning to the traditional model of two separate sociopolitical worlds that derive their news from partisan sources.
|School:||The Johns Hopkins University|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, Journalism, Political science|
|Keywords:||Bias, Blog, Broadsheet, Media, Objectivity, Partisan press|
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