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CHAPTER SIX 1. Why is the press referred to as the “fifth branch of government”? The press is sometimes referred to as the “fifth branch of government” because that statement reflects the fact that the mass media can serve as additional checks on the powers of public officials through discovery and coverage of news and commentary on events. 2. Review Table 6.1. What conclusions can you draw from this information? (opinion question) I gather that less people buy or read newspapers since more people watch the news on television or the internet. 3. Review Table 6.2. What conclusions can you draw from this information? (opinion question) I can tell from this that people would rather see what’s going on than have to just hear it. 4. Review Table 6.3. What conclusions can you draw from this information? (opinion question) I just think that kids and young adults are busy doing other things and don’t care as much about what’s going on in the world around them. Kids are glued to the television and computers, but not to read the news. 5. What sort of explicit recognition and protection does the Constitution confer on journalists? The First Amendment declares that Congress makes no law “abridging the freedom of the press”, which means that nothing can be cut out or sugarcoated. 6. What can it be said that some media are freer (from government regulation) than others?
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