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  1. Influence of da Mass Media

  2. 1st Amendment • free press • right to publish and disseminate information without censorship

  3. abuses include • libel • false written statements • obscenity • incitement to crime • contempt of court • sedition

  4. Prior Restraint • government censorship of info before published

  5. New York Times v. United States (1971) • Supreme Court held that the Nixon administration could not forbid newspaper publication of classified documents on the Vietnam War because the government failed to provide justification for censorship

  6. Setting the Public Agenda • public agenda • list of societal problems that need government attention

  7. media helps determine important issues • mass media creates awareness of issues • mass media shapes attitudes & values

  8. Rights of the Media • right to gather information • right to access • protection of sources • shield laws • right to refrain from naming sources

  9. Regulation • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) • created to regulate electronic media • government agency • protects public interest

  10. Content Regulation • equal time doctrine • stations give equal airtime to candidates • fairness doctrine • intended to discourage one-sided coverage