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Sensationalism: The Media’s Crack Nicholas R. Goebel , The Pragmatic Center April 6th, 2010 The media is ruining our country. That is a statement we usually hear from political leaders  in countries like Russia, China, and Venezuela. Unfortunately, it’s a statement that may be  used to describe our nation as well. Hyperpartisnship, petty politics, and the focus on short  term gains over long term interest are just some effects that the media has on American  politics. It has not always been this way and the media’s increasing role in the political  process is actually a modern phenomenon.  The role that television has played in our politics has been altered considerably since its  inception. In the heyday of broadcast news the news was actually considered a public  service. Broadcast news provided citizens with updates on current events, information about  the government, and opposing viewpoints on political issues. The Federal Communications  Commission even had a Fairness Doctrine stating “holders of broadcast licenses were to  present controversial issues of public interest in an equitable, honest and balanced manner.”  The doctrine was discontinued only in 1987. We have come a long way since then. Twenty  four hour cable news stations like CNN were created, broadcast news lost much of its  popularity, and the news is no longer just news, it’s information, opinions, and 
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