310LSpring2008Media - The News Media and Politics What you need to know to become a better media consumer What the news media do • They mediate

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Unformatted text preview: The News Media and Politics What you need to know to become a better media consumer What the news media do • They mediate between (that is, connect in a way that influences both) the people and various political actors—especially those in government • However, the news media (plus those who work for them) are themselves political actors as well, and so should be studied as such • And they should not be believed automatically Media concentration and content • See the textbook—an inadequately brief summary • So, see for a diagram http://www.mediachannel.org/ownership/moguls-p • And the Center for Public Integrity, at www.publicintegrity.org/telecom • And see segments and transcripts on Bill Moyers’ NOW on PBS [access via www.PBS.org , search for Moyers Now , then media and/or FCC] • See also Media Reform Daily at Some important themes in textbook not covered in this lecture • Box: ‘How much serious crime is there in the U.S.?’ • Prevailing themes in political news – nationalism – approval of the American economic system – negativity and scandal – infotainment – limited, fragmented, and incoherent political information • Effects of the news media on politics • Government regulation of the media How the Media Shape the News • 1. The journalist’s role – View of the goal or ideal • Old view: neutral or objective – No such thing—must select from enormous array – Effort runs risk of being dupe of officials/sources (just reporting what they say) • Contemporary view: balanced selection – “Impartial” literally means “not on either part or side” – “Balanced” suggests selecting from both (or perhaps many) sides – Journalists’ values, beliefs, and culture as “lenses” through which they “see” politics • Their political beliefs or allegiances...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course M 302 taught by Professor Irwin during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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310LSpring2008Media - The News Media and Politics What you need to know to become a better media consumer What the news media do • They mediate

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