Chapters 7 POLI 1090 - 006
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Chapter 7 The Media A Democracy a The media are an essential component of democracy b Role in American society i Supply info to citizens ii Nongovernment sources of information iii Give the public opportunity to evaluate issues to form reasoned opinions and actions c Without media we would have to rely entirely on info from the government i Important evident in the first amendment B Formats a Print newspapers magazines b Radio broadcast and subscription service c Television broadcast and subscription service 1 Online professional journalism blogs social media C Traditional Media a Print Media ii No longer the primary news source iii In uential among the political elite b Broadcast media radio and television ii Alerting viewers iii Cover few topics and provide little depth of coverage time limits and ratings constrain content c Television news i Politicians seek to manipulate the news by providing the media with sound bites ii Local broadcast news friendlier than national news iii National reporters criticize and question whereas locals are friendly 1 Radio ii Radio talk shows iii Opinion about news topics v National public radio vi News and talk show content e Comedy talk shows i Use humor sarcasm and social criticism to cover major political events f Online i Read more than physical newspapers ii their news and sources 1 Topics 2 Location 3 Point of view D Three ways media in uences public opinion Agenda setting direct attention to specific topics i Cues the public that something is important ii Media are businesses and need to make a profitneed viewers 9have to show what is interesting rather than what is important Framing in uence how events are interpreted protests vs riots i Helping people understand events based on the words and images used ii Shape opinions on legislation since few people actually read legislation and rely on the media Priming shaping how the audience evaluates leaders events or issues i Shaping how the public evaluates leaders ii Determines who will get media attention who will be taken seriously who will be viable candidate Candidates try to manage this by appearing on a variety of venues to maximize positive perceptions iii E Media Leaks a F Biases a Leaks i A leak is the disclosure of confidential info to the news media ii May emanate from a variety of sources including whistleblowing low level of cials who hope to publicize what they view as their bosses or government s improper activities Originate mostly not with whistleblowers but rather with senior government of cials prominent politicians and poll activists iii Media are more adversarial than ever before i Partisan and ideology ii Some candidates and elected officials give more interviews to outlets that share political perspective Focus on scandals corruption and con ict 1 Leads to cynicism about government and politics New media news sources 1 Not ideologically biases iii iv G Broadcast media regulation government a Federal government regulates broadcast media i Does not regulate most media H Rights a b c Equal time rule a station cannot choose to sell air time to one particular party Right of rebuttal individuals have the right to respond to individual attacks Fairness doctrine used to require broadcasters give equal time to opposing views of controversial topics
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