Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

11-2013

Publication Source

Communication Theory

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start Page

336

Last Page

355

DOI

doi:10.1111/comt.12021

Abstract

Assuming that crucial public services should not be left entirely to market-driven forces, American policymakers attempted to establish safeguards for news media. An examination of conflicting narratives within postwar policy debates suggests that the US evaded this path largely because of a concerted backlash—often in the form of red-baiting—encouraged by threatened newspaper and broadcast industries. Many lessons, parallels, and forgotten antecedents for current American media policy can be drawn from the postwar 1940s. Thus, it is instructive to explore how these earlier debates were framed, particularly in response to what might be referred to as ‘‘market failure.’’ Given the worsening journalism crisis and other persistent media policy challenges, this analysis of market failure holds much contemporary relevance.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Social Democracy or Corporate Libertariaism? Conflicting Media Policy Narrative in the Wake of Market Failure. Communication Theory, 23(2013), 336-355, which has been published in final form at doi:10.1111/comt.12021. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Date Posted: 23 May 2016

This document has been peer reviewed.