Against the Grain

Democracy Without Journalism?

The United States fancies itself an exceptional nation, and in terms of its media system, it’s right: the US has the most commercialized press of any advanced industrial country, with the least support for public media. So argues critic Victor Pickard in his study of the political economy of US journalism. He discusses the long roots of commercialized media in this country, which for over a century and a half has put profits over public service.


Victor Pickard, Democracy without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society Oxford University Press, 2019

Media, Inequality, and Change Center


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