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    Do the Mass Media Divide Us?

    E.J. Dionne, Jr.
    Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

    Gregg Easterbrook
    Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution

    Jonathan Rauch
    Guest Scholar, The Brookings Institution

    Diana C. Mutz
    Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Pennsylvania

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Falk Auditorium
    The Brookings Institution
    1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20036

    In the ongoing debate about the causes and consequences of America’s polarized politics, the mass media often are blamed for contributing to this division. The rise of cable television and 24-hour news channels has created more media outlets than ever, giving citizens greater choice among sources of news, and giving news greater competition from entertainment programming. This ever-increasing and changing coverage of political news, including today’s “in-your-face” talk shows, may play a role in polarizing the public and threatening our democratic institutions.

    On November 28, Brookings will explore these issues in the third of a series of panel discussions on America’s polarized politics inspired by the forthcoming book Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics (Brookings, 2006).

    Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr., a Washington Post columnist, will moderate a discussion featuring University of Pennsylvania Professor Diana C. Mutz, who has written a chapter in Red and Blue Nation examining the role of the media in creating partisan differences. Joining the discussion are Gregg Easterbrook, Brookings visiting fellow and contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic; and Jonathan Rauch, Brookings guest scholar and National Journal columnist.

    After the program, panelists will take audience questions.