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Chapter 11 testing for a class- dominance the first way to test a class-dominance view of the federal govt is to study the social and occupational backgrounds of the ppl who are appointed to manage the major departments of the executive branch if pluralists are correct, these appointees should come from a wide range of interest groups if the state autonomy theorists are correct, they should come disproportionately from upper class, community and policy network these studies are all unanimous in their conclusions that most top appointees in both republican and democratic administrations are corporate executives and corporately lawyers (members of the power elite), and often part of the policy-formation network (supporting the claim that the networks play a central role in preparing members of the power elite for government service) republicans freq appoint ultra consecutives to agencies that are thoroughly disliked by the appointee democrats often place liberals in the same agencies, creating a dramatic contrast when a democratic admin replaces a republican one Pluralists put all lawyers in a professional or civic category separate from business The power elite is the predominance voice in the top level appointive positions in the executive branch Chapter 12 Barack Obama as a ruling class candidate The predominantly white US business and political establishment still makes sure that nobody who questions dominant domestic and imperial hierarchies and doctrine can make a serious run for higher office – the presidency above all. The favorable elite assessment of Obama began oct 2003 Impressed key establishments Favorable corporate media coverage. The media treatment is the key to obama’s success in winning support and donations from the middle class and from non affluent ppl Chapter 13 A Propaganda Model The Mass Media : a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace with a function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society Propaganda Model : a system that focuses on the inequality of wealth and power and its multilevel effects on mass-media interests and choices, traces the routes by which money and power are able to filter out the news fit to print, marginalize dissent, and allow the government and dominant private interests to get their messages across to the public Essential ingredients, or set of news “filters”: o The size, concentrated ownership, owner wealth, and profit orientation of the dominant media firms o Advertising as the primary income source of the mass media Reader 1
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o The reliance of the media on information provided by government, business, and “experts” funded and approved by these primary sources and agents of power o “Flak” as a means of disciplining the media o
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