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Towson - POSC 103 - Week 5 Class Notes (Feb27 to Mar1st) - Class Notes

School: Towson University
Department: Political Science
Course: American National Government
Professor: Joseph Rudolph
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: News, Media, Public, opinion, and Gerrymandering
Name: Week 5 Class Notes (Feb27 to Mar1st)
Description: The Media, Public Opinion and Gerrymandering. Includes One person – One Vote rule, The Two meanings behind fake news, and elections.
Uploaded: 03/06/2017
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background image Week 5 Class Notes: Biased questions will always lead to biased answers Push­poll: telephone call you might get that will say something negative about the candidate. Plant 
negative ideas and spread word of negativity. 
Closed ended questions: yes or no questions.  The Media: 6 major corporations that dominate the news and entertainment media o Comcast o News corporation o Disney o ABC o ViaCom o Time warner  Problems with the mix of news and media: o Disinvestments in news and journalism Long term investigations are expensive and leads to people less willing to dig deeper. o Favors entertainment over the news o Stresses rapid, short term reporting over long term investigations o Creates “bubbles” to attract and keep partisan views.  The Two meanings behind fake news: o Traditional meaning: false, made up information in an attempt to mislead people, via word of  mouth and social networks.  o News, Politicized: real news that a politician doesn’t like but claims fake news.  Elections – in regards to the legislature o Public opinion does not automatically turn into legislature. o In legislature, we find a direct source of representation (House of Representatives up for  elections every 2 years.  o The way we select congressional members is far simpler than that of the presidential election  process.  o Constitution says that every 10 years, government has to take a count of population for purposes  of allocating representational seats. Census comes around to count population. o Nation carved into 435 congressional districts o Congressional districts determined by decennial census  leads to apportionment. o State legislatures creates and redraws congressional districts.  Gerrymandering: drawing legislative district lines for partisan advantage.  One person – One Vote rule: congressional and each district has to have about the same population.  Cannot do racial gerrymandering. Very common in the south. 

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School: Towson University
Department: Political Science
Course: American National Government
Professor: Joseph Rudolph
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: News, Media, Public, opinion, and Gerrymandering
Name: Week 5 Class Notes (Feb27 to Mar1st)
Description: The Media, Public Opinion and Gerrymandering. Includes One person – One Vote rule, The Two meanings behind fake news, and elections.
Uploaded: 03/06/2017
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