On the other hand, the same politicians who criticize the media attempt to sway and dominate it, trying to get their messages out to the electorate. What does this say about journalism in the current age? To start with it speaks about the substantial presence the media has in our political system. In many ways, our democracy depends on the media, just as much as the media depends on the political system of a country. As said by Angela Phillips and Tamara Wtschge, “Information is to democracy what oxygen is to fire.
The final say in what goes into a story, however, belongs to the reporter alone. His opinions and biases are often a main part of the news the public receives. The mass media is the means by which the citizens of the United States are informed of current events in politics. This gives the media huge amounts of power and control. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell stated in 1974, "An informed public depends upon accurate and effective reporting by the news media.
Media and Politics The media is an intricate part of American government, intertwined with the practice of democracy, but to what extent does the media influence public opinion? To answer that several aspects of media coverage have to be explored. The first fact is that the media is America’s basic resource for all the news concerning American politics. The second aspect is that the opinion expressed by the press influences the opinion adopted by the public. Lastly the issues the media deem important help set the national agenda.
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.
Examining these undecided voters is extremely important in light of their potential impact on American politics. In conclusion, the media’s role in the presidential election process is basically to communicate reasonable information both through reporting and paid advertising. This is crucial to the voters because the majority of them receive their information via the media, so in the overall picture, the media can greatly influence the outcome of an election.Bibliography 1.USIA Worldnet. Robert Fullerton, staff writer. http://www.usis-israel.org11/pubhsh/elections/wimedia.ntm 2.USIA Worldnet.
Although Hearst was not the initial cause of the war, there was proof that he had the power to distort information, images and options. By World War 1, the media involvement increase by a tremendous amount. The magazines were one form of mass media that influenced that US involvement in World War 1. Magazines such as Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, and McCall’s would publish copies in the millions. The increase in magazine production restructured the entire media industry, creating competition between newspapers.
If you don’t carry a significant number of people in this country your success as a politician is not going to happen. The biggest method people have to get their message out to the public is mass media. If the media decides they don’t like you the results can be devastating. It is almost as important to please the media as it is to please the American public! Public opinion is greatly influenced by the media.
Back in 1773, long before the idea of public relations, the Boston Tea Party was one of the biggest staged events in an attempt to gain publicity and support from the American people, (pg. 330, Rodman). This started to get the field started, as people begun to realize the power of public relations. When it finally emerged as a profession in the 20th century, the industry had a lot of maturing to do. Edward and Doris Bernays then figured out a way to get the client’s interpretation over to the public.
It is interesting to comprehend the relation between media content and political power. What biases do the media experience in producing news in relation to government interests? Media, according to Herman and Chomsky, has a tendency toward elites’ political interests; media tend to follow official’s agendas. Herman and Chomsky proved this generalization through the use of terminologies and the way they place such kind of news (a foreign country’s election or attitudes toward countries) in US’ newspapers (with regards to number of news, editorial page, and front page of newspapers). Herman and Chomsky could be true when we relate their idea with Gan’s notion that (people behind) media tend to have ethnocentrism, and even possessed with patriotic spirit when there are political conflicts between the country where media is originally produced and its foreign countries as their perceived enemies.
In closing, who is watching the watchdogs, the journalists who are now trying to carve our moral standards and social, political opinions? Asked if they are to powerful, I say yes, while regulated by the mighty Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Communications Act of 1934 it is ultimately us the consumer that must take a share of the blame. Without us watching, the media could not be as influential as it is today. Far too long, have we the American people accepted what the media is doing. Unquestionably, we have gotten used to the way the press do things, allowing them to become too powerful.