The Candidate and All the Presidents Men

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In this discussion I call upon two movies as examples and evidence to

examine the role of mass media in politics. The two movies I will use for this

basis are The Candidate and All the Presidents Men.

Today, the art of governing a society seems to be much dictated or

prescribed by what the assemblage of the citizens of the United States say or

express to the mass media.

Thus, the government and politicians listening to and acting upon our

very wishes and desires. Or looking at this in another point of view; The mass

media relays to us as citizens the news or information about the administration

as conveyed or set forth by the administration as the "truth". I believe that

the majority of the populace would tend to agree more with this second point of

view. The government or politicians of this great country try to appear to have

the semblance of truth or honesty in all of it's endeavors.

And sometimes it does. However, on occasion within its own discretion,

the media investigates and tries to inform us by the televised news, major

newspapers and (large) radio personalities of cover-ups, conspiracies and or

wrong doings by our so-called leaders. Are we always told the truth by the mass

media? By the government? By the media speaking for or as directed by the

government? 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.

It tells the story of how an upstart uses the media and available resources in

its televised form to try and convey his message and his beliefs to the mass

public on whom he will rely upon to vote and hopefully elect him into office.

As we see though, the people or elite's who run the campaign, take what the
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