Poli Sci Mar 4 - Lecture 3/4 Pressures facing the media:...

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Lecture 3/4 Pressures facing the media: time Standard newcasts are about 22 minutes. Not a lot of time. How time pressure affects presentation: -Present the news as a series of headlines, no in depth -Intead of a single 8-minute story, you'll get 5 or 6 related stories for important events. -They try to give you 60 seconds of a story and then you don't hear about it anymore. Pressures facing the media: professional Serving a role as the public's watchdog. They are the eyes and ears of the people How watchdogging affects presentation -Breeds and presents a cynical view of politics -Emphasizes politics as a game or sport. Never portrays politicians as people who have morals Results on public opinion of these pressures to the media: Public cynicism and distrust of the government. Some level of this is justified, of course (vietnam scandals, economic and social crises, Iraq), but not to the degree to which the media portrays it.
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Poli Sci Mar 4 - Lecture 3/4 Pressures facing the media:...

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