Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

Eric Deggans


Gone is the period of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, whilst information courses fought to achieve the belief and appreciate of a large spectrum of yankee audience. this present day, the fastest-growing information courses and media systems are battling tough for more and more slender segments of the general public and enjoying on previous prejudices and deep-rooted fears, coloring the dialog within the blogosphere and the cable information chatter to distract from the genuine concerns at stake. utilizing a similar strategies as soon as used to mobilize political events and devoted citizens, they ship their lovers coded messages and demonize opposing teams, within the procedure securing worthwhile viewers percentage and web site site visitors. Race-baiter is a time period born out of this tumultuous weather, coined by means of the conservative media to explain anyone who makes use of racial tensions to arouse the fervour and ire of a specific demographic. at the same time the election of the 1st black president forces us all to reevaluate how we expect approximately race, gender, tradition, and sophistication traces, a few components of recent media are operating not easy to push the usual buttons of clash and department for brand spanking new reasons. In Race-Baiter, veteran journalist and media critic Eric Deggans dissects the strong methods glossy media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate, whereas additionally tracing the background of the notice and its outcomes, meant or otherwise.

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