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Out of focus : network television and the American economy

Author: Burton Yale Pines; Timothy Lamer
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Regnery ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, ©1994.
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Television is the most influential medium in the history of mankind. More Americans own a TV than have telephones or indoor plumbing. We are 13 times more likely to watch television than read a newspaper or magazine. What Americans watch on the "tube" is what Americans, to a significant extent, learn about life, their society and their nation. Of this there is no dispute. TV profoundly affects its viewers' attitudes
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pines, Burton Yale.
Out of focus.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, ©1994
(OCoLC)624442291
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Burton Yale Pines; Timothy Lamer
ISBN: 0895264900 9780895264909
OCLC Number: 29638050
Description: xiv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Four typical weeks: what TV tells Americans --
Dissecting the tarantula: how TV covers key economic issues --
The experts --
What entertainment does to free enterprise --
The year's worst--and best --
Conclusion: TV just doesn't get it--and what it and viewer can do about it.
Responsibility: Burton Yale Pines ; with Timothy Lamer ; foreword by L. Brent Bozell III.

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The best analysis of why TV doesn't get it right in covering the U.S. economy. --Congressman Richard Armey, Chairman of the House Republican Conference  Read more...

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