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Question #3. What does it mean when the media is referred to as the “fourth branch” of government? Is this function of the media more important than the other functions mentioned in the text? Explain why or why not. Each branch of government has a role that is specific to them, and the media can be considered that invisible fourth branch in the political world. Politics and the media do have an interesting relationship that has been established through man years. The media has played a huge role in society by giving objective coverage of events, being able to facilitate public debate and also serving as the government watchdog some might say. Providing information about news and events is perhaps the most basic and most important function of the media (Dautrich, Yalof, & Bejarano, 2020). Thanks to technology the media is able to reach millions of people from all parts of the world at all hours of the day. With a click or swipe from a computer or smartphones one can pull up an article, a live broadcast, or get constant notifications on anything they choose to want to be informed about. The News Media serves a number of important political functions in the United States, operating through a large and growing number of outlets (Dautrich, Yalof, & Bejarano, 2020). When impactful events occur, the media is able to capture political leaders' reactions and how they handle those situations. It has happened that some people considered that certain media outlets can be seen as biased or one-sided, yet that can just be seen as a person's opinion. There are criticisms to how

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