March 27 - Equality, Moral Order, and the Drug War

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Political Science 201 American Government March 27, 2007 Equality, Moral Order, and the Drug War The Media and Public Opinion on the Drug War o A knowledgeable citizenry? The average citizen only knew about the sensationalized stories that the media displayed about the drug war The average citizen at this time was a “thin” citizen o Agenda Setting: news stories that are given prominent coverage become salient to the public The media affects people’s opinions From 1989 to 2006, the percent of people who thought drug abuse was the number one problem facing America went down almost every year (27% in 1989; 1% in 2006) Politicians also made the issue important because they told the country that it was a problem Politicians focus on other things now o 1989 – William Bennett emerges Constructing the “Political Spectacle” (Prof. Murray Edelman, U. of Wisconsin) o Distinguishing from a traditional positivist perspective Positivist Approach Takes for granted that there are facts
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