Media Role in Vietnam First televised War
Technology Shaping War Coverage
Presence of New technology
Faxes, computers, modems, videophones
Changes in Journalism Shaping
Newspapers as Big Business
Late 1800s/early 1900s
Large bureaucratic staff
Changed from small operation to large operation.
How does the wealth of the press affect its power?
PL SC 321
What is New Media Mass communication forms with primarily non-political origins that have
acquired political roles.
Who Do New Media Matter? Traditional media use is declining (especially radio and
How New Media
PL SC 321
Midterm: Monday, 10/7.
3 essays, choose 2. Several pages.
Timed, 75 minutes.
No class, can take at any time during the day.
All class material and reading up until Monday (9/30 on schedule - Rozell, Fox
PL SC 321
Labor associations and unions
Public interest groups
Effort to shape public agenda and mobilize public opinion in support
PLSC 321: September 4th, 2013
The Political Power of the Press
Do the news media possess powers often attributed to them?
How did they acquire such power or at least the perception?
How does this power (even if its perception) affect the functi
Septmeber 11, 2013
Regulating the Press
Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of the press.
Does it mean no law?
Limitations on First Amendment
Seditious libel, criticism of government
First amendment not viewed as absolute by m
October 30, 2013
Media and Electoral Campaigns
The Candidates Candidate Skills
1700s good writing skills
Late 1800s good oratorical skills, lungs
2000s media savvy
Telegenic - Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Mitt
Presidential Image Making
Children, first lady
Controlling subordinates (Bush-Rumsfeld, Obama-P.J. Crowley, State Dept.
Being in Command: President as Expert
Being in Command: Pr
Debates. Create arguments and support those arguments with evidence. 20 minutes
each then 3 minute rebuttal. Looking for how we use that evidence (evidence = studies,
statistics, reports not quotes) to demonstrate the force of our argument. I
Claims of Media Effects
The Claim: Members have become primarily publicity seekers
Want Media Coverage
Shun Legislative Homework
Evidence: Media seekers become leaders
Increase in Press Staff
Members give more speeches on floor