MEDIA AND POLITICS-Lecture Nov. 5
The Business of News
o The news is a big business (not for the good of everyone)
o The media sells us (people=news)
o They want to know what interests us?
o Rules of the Business:
Oversell the conflict
Weird is good!
Tragedy is good
Media and Elites
o Elites are presumed to be news worthy (celebrities, pres., etc.)
o Media loosely check political actors behavior (catching politician in
o Protests are key for non-elites to get media coverage
How Do We Escape??
o We know the media is biased
o Step 1:BE CRITICAL-good at understanding how media is motivated
o Step 2:BE COGNITIVE
o Step 3:BE CAREFUL-of individuals who will try to manipulate you
Research Reminder: Political Debates
o Fridkin et al.: media framing of debates affects political views
o More likely to think media’s favored candidate won the debate
o More support/likability for medias favored candidate
Research: TV+Political Behavior
o Question: How does TV affect political behavior?(Druckman 2003)