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.
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.
Is it the people who are accused of a crime, such as O.J. Simpson, or is it the American public?s own fault for believing everything they hear? In my view, some limitations greatly need to be placed upon the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution in regard to freedom of the press because presently the media is doing more harm than good. The job of the media is to find the truth and tell it to the people. The media has the power to inform the public, but often the information they receive is distorted.
Those who influence the media agenda also hold a great deal of power to mold public opinion because issues in the news become the principal yardsticks for evaluating public officials. The impact of media messages on political attitudes, however, are limited by the audience’s partisan predispositions.” Perception and the role of the media and its influence of politics leaves the average person with a slice of the truth. To get the full story citizens have to research individually and challenge the news that the media produced for the public. They are filled with their own bias and fail in the journalism of yesteryear that provided only facts, leaving us with more questions than
On the contrary, media agents believe adamantly that politicians are representatives of an electorate and, in light of this, they maintain that it is their duty to uphold democracy. It is only through the identification of hypocrisies within the government that democracy will survive. It is possible to argue that the press does go some way to provide an extension of the checks and balances of our government, but this must always be seen in the light of their own personal agendas which is to sell papers and make money. The role of the media in modern British society is huge and its effects on politics are vast. Despite all its flaws and political biases, it provides an invaluable service to the nation in that it reminds us that we have a fundamental right to speak our own beliefs and to know what is going on in government.
James Fallows supports the idea that the media has contributed a negative view of the events that surround us. He presents his forum in his book Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy. In the United States, analysis of the implications of private ownership and advertising support for media content has been limited. For much of the second half of the twentieth century, Americans have heard that we have no reason to be concerned about corporate ownership of media or dependence on commercial advertis... ... middle of paper ... ...aking sure the candidates address those issues repeatedly and substantively. The idea is to turn election coverage from a daily tactical tip sheet into an ongoing job interview with the candidates.
Others argue that because referendums are held at a time of the ruling party’s choice, they have the biggest influence on the outcome of the vote. If these criticisms are true then obviously the use of referendums are actually degrading from the democratic process, however others disagree. Supporters of referendums argue that there use in our political system will re-connect voters, after having participated in this process they will take more notice of real issues, rather than say a party leader’s personality therefore allowing them to become more involved. Also some argue that certain decisions such as whether to join the EU constitution are too important to be settled in parliament and that the electorate have a right to decide. Despite criticisms of its use, undoubtedly the use of referendums has become for frequent in the last 10 years.
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.
What is the media in contemporary America? Media is the essential source of information about what is going on in America and the world. The media is where the vast majority of the people receive their information and news. The manipulation of the media can promote the death of freedom in modern America. The media is a great tool for information, but people should not give nearly all of their faith in them.
And when it comes to politics, they have a way of leaning more towards a democratic view. The American media has a way of portraying the news in a bias way, which has been studied, researched, and reported to be true. Journalists use their influence to persuade the opinions of their viewers or readers, and to get the people to believe what they are reporting on is factual and true information. They will use the public’s opinion to help form the people’s opinion by using newspapers, advertisements, etc. The media will also use misleading headlines for newspapers or magazines, knowing that some people will not read the whole article.