lecture15 - Media Bias PS 141B Week 9 Lecture 15 The...

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Media Bias PS 141B; Week 9, Lecture 15; November 26, 2007 1. The central idea of democracy is that ordinary citizens should control what their government does. A. Citizens must be able to hold elected officials accountable. B. Role of the media in a democracy 1) Watchdog over government 2) Clarify electoral choices 3) Present a full and enlightening set of ideas about public policy 2. Bias in the media: different kinds, different sources A. Perceptions of bias based on content of news coverage (not partisan bias) 1) Business (corporate) bias : Coverage is typically supportive of big business (capitalism, in general). a) http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/tribune.asp 2) Negativity bias a) Tendency to focus on the “negative” or “spectacular.” 3) Status quo bias a) Tendency to rely on mainstream sources (government and party officials) to the exclusion of non-mainstream groups 4) Selection bias a) Decision what to cover (includes all of the above)
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