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Unformatted text preview: Mass Comm: Media & Politics 00:56 Intro: How can we understand the relationship between media and politics? Media outlets have political orientations and agendas (as presentations have shown) Politicians and political groups use the media to advance their agendas Sometimes obviously (TV and print campaign ads), sometimes not (trace funding) Media & Politics Media play a major role in helping citizens understand political issues Ex: Obamacare Not necessarily in a neutral or unbiased way Does media coverage influence voting behavior? Politicians advertise because it works Media & Democracy Is media necessary for a good, successful democracy? news is essential for democracy (Issue 8) Press as watchdog for govt Why? What does it do? Should media coverage be unbiased? What does unbiased really mean?...
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