Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

American media, American bias: The partisan press from broadsheet to blog
by Sheppard, Simon, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2008, 507; 3288607
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crenson, Matthew
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
Publication Number: 3288607
ISBN: 9780549313120
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