The Concept of free press

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1. The Concept of free press a. How critical to democracy? b. How does an administration control the press a. Favoritism b. Appeals to patriotism c. Charm and cajolery c. How susceptible is the press? a. When the president is very popular, the press is intimidated about upsetting the president 2. The diversity of sources available to the public a. Diverse sources i. TV, Cable TV, Radio, Talk Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Internet b. Narrowcasting vs. broadcasting c. Media conglomeration d. Concentration of serious media i. New York Times, Washington Post, and to a lesser extent Wall St. Journal, NPR, LA Times as the main sources for news. (Dominant for providing the basic news that all consume) ii. Media has become more concentrated, we have less diverse sources— most stories only come from a few sources 3. Is the media liberal or conservative? a. Owners versus reporters i. People who own very big media conglomerates, tend to be on the right politically, although they are diverse
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ii. Reporters are more on the left and the right, clear liberal leaning
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2010 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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