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Running head: THE MEDIA'S INFLUENCE ON THE PUBLIC'S OPINION 1 The Media's Influence on The Public's Opinion Monique Smith Strayer University U.S. Government Pol/110 Dr. Keenan L. Andrews November 13, 2016
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THE MEDIA'S INFLUENCE ON THE PUBLIC'S OPINION 2 The Media's Influence on The Public's Opinion The federal government deals with issues that affect the nation as a whole and this will include foreign policies, imposing export/import taxes and declaring war. The states have the most power over domestic issues, such as specific state regulations and laws. Even though the states hold this power, they are to warrant their powers and do not step outside the boundaries set by the United States Constitution. When conflict arises between federal and state powers arise, the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in. Medias Influence on Police Effectiveness Public attitudes toward police are generally positive (Huang and Vaughn, 1996). However, there are some studies that observe the media’s influence that they have on the public ratings of police effectiveness. Most of the literature focuses on media interpretations of police officers and findings tell two conflicting views. Some researchers make the argument that the police are presented auspiciously in the media, while other researchers suggested that the police are negatively portrayed in the media. Presentations of police are often over-romanticized and dramatized by fictional television crime drama shows while the news media portray the police as being heroic and professional crime fighters. In television crime dramas, multiple crimes are solved and criminal suspects are apprehended successfully. Similarly, news accounts tend to exaggerate the proportion of offenses that result in arrest which projects an image that police are more effective than official statistics demonstrate (Marsh, 1991). The favorable views of policing is partially a consequence of police’s public relations strategy. Reporting of proactive police activity creates an image of the police as effective and efficient investigators of crime. Accordingly, a positive police portrayal
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THE MEDIA'S INFLUENCE ON THE PUBLIC'S OPINION 3 reinforces traditional approaches to law and order that involves increased police presence, harsher penalties and increasing police power (Sacco, 1995).
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