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study guide #4 - The Media The media's functions o...

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The Media The media’s functions o Information o Public agenda o Entertainment o Making profits o Reporting the news o Political forums Yellow journalism o Yellow journalism - journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers Tv influences on the political process Soundbite, spin, spin doctor o Soundbite - little snip that is very memorable o Spin doctor - damage control, tries to make someone look good no matter what they say The media’s impact of the voters o The media impacts the people by what they see on the news and everyday. Bias in the media-do they have it? o Yes the media is bias, each company/channel has their own bias Horse race reporting o Horse race announcing but with political candidates How does Karl Rove believe a candidate should be portrayed o Make a candidate appear like each day is their best day Civil Liberties Civil liberties o Those personal freedoms that are protected for all individuals. Civil liberties typically involve restraining the government’s actions against individuals. Bill of rights-incorporation theory o a formal statement of the fundamental rights of the people of the United States, incorporated in the Constitution as Amendments 1–10, and in all state constitutions Prior restraint o Restraining an action before the activity has actually occurred. When expression is involved, this means censorship. Symbolic speech o Nonverbal expression of beliefs, which is given substantial protection by the courts. Commercial speech o Advertising statements, which increasingly have been given first amendment protection.
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