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Unit 3: AP Government and Politics. Toward Reform: media influence and Bias. Homework : Assignment 15 for tomorrow. What effect does media have on public/government?. Likely there is some; tough to know how much Selective attention of the public hurts ability to have an impact

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Unit 3 ap government and politics

Unit 3: AP Government and Politics

Toward Reform: media influence and Bias

Homework: Assignment 15 for tomorrow


What effect does media have on public government
What effect does media have on public/government?

  • Likely there is some; tough to know how much

    • Selective attention of the public hurts ability to have an impact

    • Greater influence on foreign policy

    • TV/Radio often correlate with issues the public finds “important”

  • “Media effects” – What are the extent to which media affects society?

    • Influences public opinion, no doubt

  • Agenda setting

    • Influence issues addressed by government

  • “Framing”

    • How an issue is portrayed affects how it is perceived


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News bias
News bias?

  • Pew poll


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News bias?

  • Journalists/Reporters

    • Individuals in the media are biased, as are all of us, in terms of values, preferences and attitudes

  • Popular belief is that most news has a liberal slant

    • Probably true that most reporters tend to be more liberal; but self-identified is at all-time low

    • Probably biased more in terms of education of employees and desire for dramatic (“if it bleeds, it leads”)

  • Question now may be effects of consolidation…

    • More conservative and/or corporate-friendly?


Public confidence
Public Confidence

  • Assessment by public is generally unfavorable

    • Inaccurate, biased, rich and powerful influence what is covered

  • But Americans still value the watchdog role of the media


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