Chapter 12: The Media AP Classes, November 20, 2013. Today’s headlines. Let’s look at a couple of websites and newspapers today and see what they’re telling us is news.
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Let’s look at a couple of websites and newspapers today and see what they’re telling us is news.
And what’s a linkage institution again?
How are the media a linkage institution?
What sorts of things are the media shaping today? Let’s revisit the websites.
is declining (see chart at
readers, particularly ages
18-34 (see next slide)
It’s a game-change. Its low marginal costsallow for…
Some contrasting views:
“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.” H. L. Mencken
“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” Gore Vidal
Facebook founder Chris Hughes buys The New Republic.
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar starting new organization dedicated to “investigative journalism.”
These guys weren’t even
subtle about it:
Fairness doctrine v. equal time rule
Equal time rule: Provide equal access to politicians – treat all candidates the same.
Still applies. Basically means charge candidates the same rate for ad time.
Exceptions for news shows, interviews, documentaries.
Fairness doctrine: Air one side of a story? Give time to opposing points of view.
3 basic areas:
Telecommunications Act of 1996
Are the media biased?
A view of liberal media bias is widely, but not universally, shared.
Check out graphic at the right, suggesting that Obama got his fair share of negative press.
(Maybe he got more comments b/c he was president? Just sayin’….)
While reporters have a liberal orientation, the bias tends to be against incumbents and frontrunners.
Why so many leaks?
“One of the most important ways the news media influence politics is through agenda setting.
“A policy agenda is a set of important issues that the national government intends to focus on. The policy agenda is greatly influenced by the news media. By choosing what issues to cover, the news media affects which issues the voters think are important, which in turn influences policy agenda. For instance, the media’s heavy coverage of the current economic crisis has caused the economy to be one of the top priorities on the government’s policy agenda.”