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KEY FEATURES: Coverage of the media’s effects on the 2016 election encourages students to discuss the election while taking into account the broader theoretical concerns about changing news consumption habits and declining political trust. The chapter on partisan news helps students understand the impact of politically polarized news audiences. The chapter on fake news offers students current examples of the political impact of this phenomenon. Examples of the ways in which Americans increasingly have become news grazers show students how growing media choice has transformed how we gather news and is resulting in an increasingly distracted news audience. Discussions about the development of commentary news show how producers have combined drama, opinion, immediacy, and entertainment with straight news content - allowing students to see the impact that this form of news has on the public’s trust in Congress and the media.

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Americans’ changing news consumption habits are affecting their political trust. News grazing affects what news we view and, correspondingly, how we view Congress and the media. The growth of media choice and grazing behavior is altering the relationships between news producers, news makers, and news consumers. In some ways, media choice lessens media effects on viewers by permitting us to merely avoid the news content we do not want to consume. For instance, I found that viewers most likely to have negative responses to conflict-ridden news or who are ideologically opposed to a specific, partisan news format can simply tune out.

In other ways, though, media choice and news grazing indirectly increases the potential for media effects. Particularly, news producers have increased ...

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