In this completely revised and updated edition (including eight new chapters), Jeffrey Jones charts the evolution and maturation of political entertainment television by examining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Politically Incorrect/Real Time with Bill Maher, and Michael Moore's TV Nation and The Awful Truth. This volume investigates how and why these shows have been central locations for the critique of political and economic power and an important resource for citizens during numerous political crises. In an age of Truthiness, fake news and humorous political talk have proven themselves viable forms of alternative reporting and critical means for ascertaining truth, and in the process, questioning the legitimacy of news media's role as the primary mediator of political life. The book also addresses the persistent claims that these programs have cynical effects and create misinformed young citizens, demonstrating instead how such programming provide for an informed, active, and meaningful citizenship. The new edition takes account of the many changes that have occurred in television and political culture since Entertaining Politics' initial release.
Jeffrey P. Jones is associate professor of communication at Old Dominion University.
Part 1 Part I: Television and Politics Today Chapter 2 The Changing Face of Politics on Television Chapter 3 Rethinking Television's Relationship to Civic Engagement Part 4 Part II: Entertaining Political Talk Chapter 5 From Insiders to Outsiders: The Transformation of Political Talk on Television Chapter 6 New Political Television: Questioning News Media's Regime of Truth Chapter 7 The Competing Senses of Political Insiders and Outsiders Chapter 8 Changing the Conversation: The Daily Show's Interviews and Interrogations Part 9 Part III: Faking it (For Real) in News and Talk Chapter 10 Muckraking Through Fake Newsmagazines: Michael Moore's Satire TV Chapter 11 Fake News vs. Real News: The Case of The Daily Show and CNN Chapter 12 Faux Real and Faux Play: The Parody of Punditry in The Colbert Report Part 13 Part IV: Audiences / Fans / Citizens Chapter 14 Viewer Engagement Beyond Information Acquisition: Celebrity, Talk, and Play Chapter 15 The Expanding and Contested Boundaries of New Political Television Chapter 16 Appendix: Methodology for Audience Research