PO225 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Observational Error, State Ownership, Watergate Scandal

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Media and american democracy: media outlets perform three essential functions in a democratic system, providing information, acting as a public watchdog, helping shape the political agenda. Watching political leaders: the media serves as a public watchdog function, media coverage that alerts the public when a problem arises in politics or society. Setting the agenda is the first step in political action: setting the agenda is one of the most important influences the news media has on. In short, framing defines the nature of the problem, organizes potential solutions and wipes out alternative policies. U. s. media today: traditional formats are declining: media technology changes quickly, and each change remakes the connections between citizens and their leaders. Where people go for news: newspapers and magazines continue a long slide from their one time dominance, facebook is the top news source for americans under the age of 50.

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