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On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the causes of unrest in urban black communities during the 1960s. Chaired by Illinois governor Otto Kerner Jr., the commission ominously warned, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” And it aimed its sharpest criticism at the mainstream media, concluding: “The press has too long basked in a white world, looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and a white perspective.” Major news media responded by expanding and diversifying their coverage of black communities and increasing the number of African Americans in their newsrooms. Although much has been written about the Kerner Commission, the analysis has focused primarily on its affect on the American press. In The Riot Report and the News, Thomas J. Hrach instead explores how the commission came to its conclusions, in order to understand why and how its report served as a catalyst for change. Hrach finds that such government criticism of the media can have a long-term and positive influence on the nation, an insight that remains important as the news continues to struggle with how to cover issues of race.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Black is News in the White Press
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. News Media are Blamed for Causing Riots
  2. pp. 11-27
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  1. 2. Kerner and Commission Members Offer Differing Views
  2. pp. 28-38
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  1. 3. Johnson gives the Commission its Orders
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. 4. Key Decisions Set Direction
  2. pp. 49-57
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  1. 5. News Media Conference gets to the Heart of the Matter
  2. pp. 58-70
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  1. 6. Simulmatics Produces a Contradictory Analysis
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 7. The Research Intensifies
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. 8. Doing the Lord’s Work
  2. pp. 97-107
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  1. 9. A Positive Reaction from the News Media
  2. pp. 108-118
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  1. 10. “You Deserve the Gratitude of the Nation”
  2. pp. 119-127
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  1. Conclusion: Remembering Kerner and his Report
  2. pp. 128-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613764206
Related ISBN
9781625342102
MARC Record
OCLC
963603952
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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