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POLS 206 10/25/2011 The Media in American  Politics
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The “Fourth Estate” Edmund Burke, Great Britain 1700s “Press is the most important ‘estate’ of all” Why? 1. Media advocacy: make and break politicians 2. Media framing: what political issues people  believe are important However: Media not accountable, as they are not  officially “the government.”
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Declining Media Power?
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Age Differences, but All Declining
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Broadcast News in Similar Decline
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Newsmakers No More?
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Why? 1: Declining Trust in  “Mainstream Media”
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2. Rise of Alternative Media l Traditional news  sources-online l Social Media l Search sites:  Wikipedia l Political blogs,  advocacy sites l New personalities —Rush Limbaugh,  Jon Stewart, 
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Mainstream Media Scandals Lou Dobbs CC                           Keith Olbermann MSNBC      Juan Williams NPR Illegal immigrants                      Political donations                Ethnic remarks Rupert Murdoch News of the  World Phone Hacking Howell Raines, NYT  Editor Plagiarism
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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