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Monday, October 18 http://emwilk.myweb.uga.edu/POLS4510.html POLS4510 – PUBLIC OPINION AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (20597) Chapter 8 – News media and political opinions
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Perceptions of the Media Which of the following do you have a great deal of confidence in? – 2003 Fox News Poll Military (71%) President (49%) FBI (24%) Public Schools (18%) IRS (12%) Media (9%) 62% believe that news organization’s stories and reports are often inaccurate. Both liberals and conservatives express equal levels of distrust in the media. Those on the left/right see the media as biased towards the left/right The partisan lens:
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Evolution of the Media Era of the Partisan Press (1787 – 1832) No expectations of objectivity Parties reach out for supporters via newspaper Geared towards elites Era of Commercial Media (1833 – 1900) Commercial press – less reliant on parties Increased literacy rates increase circulation Coincided with “mass” parties (Jacksonian Democrats) Yellow-Journalism – using sensationalism / comics / pictures to create an oversimplified picture of the political world
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Evolution of the Media Professional Journalism (1900 – Current) Ideal of objective reporting Muckraking – publishing concerned with reforming government and business conduct. Radio Era (Early 1900s) “Firesides” TV Era (1950s) Visualization of news 1960 debates Vietnam / War Watergate and “the Fourth branch”
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