The spin doctors, sponsors, television and media are playing a much larger part in presidential debates these days but all of this still shows what the importance of the debate is. Spin Doctors Spin doctors, isn't that a strange name in politics and especially a presidential debate. No it is not the singing group called the Spin Doctors. In large debates a campaign will put together what they call a "spin squad", this is a group of several spin doctors. These people are actually a very vital part of any presidential debate.
Let 's first take a look at the media 's most obvious role. We all use the media to inform us. Here, the media report news and information to the general public. This is the most significant role of the media in a democracy because citizens play a crucial role in the political process and must be informed in order to make educated political choices. The media, therefore, must do a thorough and impartial job when informing the public on all government activities and political events.
Moreover, the media can help set the political agenda by focusing on specific issues and influencing what issues the public and government should be concerned with. The media, can occasionally persuade what matters voters should care about in elections, as well as what criterion the public should evaluate candidates by. Since the media is the public’s main source of information, it can significantly affect a candidates campaign by how it chooses to cover them. The media has the discretion to cover the candidates whom it feels are legitimate and have a possible chance of winning. The media accordingly acts as a sift, narrowing down candid... ... middle of paper ... ... outlets should also be required to cover all candidates towards the beginning of an election for equal time in order to forge the fairest chance of election for all candidates as possible.
Since the 1960's television has served as a link between the American public and presidential elections that allows the candidate to appear more human and accountable for their actions; consequently this has made television a positive influence on presidential elections. But it has also had a negative affect on elections, making presidential candidates seem like celebrities at times and making it easier to publicize mistakes made by candidates. Television can be viewed as the medium between the public and candidate. It is the source that allows the public to know what is going on with the candidate and vice versa. As Frank Stanton, president of the Columbia Broadcasting System put it, “The sky is the limit.” Before television, candidates would travel the country, meeting voters and gaining supporters.
A greater portion of the country now attains a skeptical view of the American government. Most likely the largest way the media impact the public opinion is through agenda setting. Because of the vast number of issues plaguing America today, the press has to decide which they will cover and which they will not. Their reporting has a vital connection to what the public comes to believe are the important issues in the country. If the press repeatedly covers the gun control issue, then the nation itself comes to believe that it is significant.
Or has the line between truth and lies been so badly blurred in politics that we will never know what truly goes on in our political system? The two movies examined, both play in some way on the function of the mass media in American politics. We can see how much and how heavily we rely on our televisions, radio shows, newspapers and now the Internet to communicate to us the latest breaking news, political campaigns, slandering, commercials for politicians running for office, debates, presidential addresses, cover-ups, conspiracies and information that can take down an entire administration. This shows that in all the different aspects of politics that the media plays a very wide, varied and important role in letting us know what is going on. The Candidate tries to unveil how a political campaign for office is run.
A political party is basically a group of citizens who converge as voters, activists, electoral candidates and office holders with a common party label and seek to elect party members into public offices. While modern political systems are complicated, the American system is more particularly so. The American system comprises of enormous bureaucracies, huge bicameral legislatures and extensively elaborate committee systems. In addition, there are many layers of courts in the jurisdiction system, each with a different political structure that compounds the fragmentation even further, making the American government an even more complicated structure. There are also multiple interest groups in political America as well as in many modern systems.
How has the Media Impacted the Presidency? Currently, the office of the United States Presidency is one of the most powerful positions in the world. The President has the power to influence Congress, the nation and the free world. However, the US Media, which is also the freest and most powerful press, has had control over the presidency. The advent of CNN, ABC, NBC and others has had the effect of being able to sway the population of the United States, either garnering support for a president or destroying his credibility.
This process became the dominant mode of selection for the next three decades until the Jacksonian Era (Pika & Maltese, p. 97). The idea of congressional caucuses were attractive because Congressional leaders were the obvious choi... ... middle of paper ... ...oes not take all, votes are just added to the much larger national total (Edwards, pp. 190-191). Conclusion Election politics in the United States are far more complex than it is perceived by the mass media. This paper provided a few of the key points and long standing arguments over the way the system works and how it can be changed for the better.
The Power of the Media in Politics The mass media possesses a great deal of influence in society and politics in the United States. Newspapers, radio, magazines and television are able to use their own judgment when reporting current events. The power of the mass media is an asset to the government in some instances and a stumbling block in others. Recent technology and regulations related to the media have improved the means by which the public can get information. The final say in what goes into a story, however, belongs to the reporter alone.