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.
Moreover, politicians are the one who will determine the country direction in future. Therefore, media agency tends to cover more news and information about them during the elections. However, those news and information can be viewed from different perspective according to which party that they support. If a media is support previous governing party, they would keep posting positive news about that particular party and negative news for the opposing parties. It is also argued that state-owned or government media tends to publish manipulative news by the governing party.
Yellow journalism, the Nixon-Kennedy debates, and advocacy journalism (broadcasting) demonstrate that the influence the media have on government and public opinion. In a democracy any attempt to regulate the influence of the media will conflict with the constitutional protection of the First Amendment. The antidote for an overly influential media is an educated public. Works Cited Coulter, Ann. "Ann Coulter on Liberal Bias in the Media."
In seeking out the news, the press therefore acts as an agent of the public at large. It is the means by which people receive that free flow of informa... ... middle of paper ... ...eem less harmful to the people in the United States. The influence of the mass media affects politics in the United States greatly. The public's point of view is changed by the way the news is reported. When the public's views are affected, the voting polls are too.
The media is a huge form of communication and source of information in the United States; on one side of the dispute are the beliefs that the media is too opinionated. On the other side are the beliefs that the media is just a simple informer that just reports the facts. The main issue for both of these beliefs is: does the media affect opinions on the issues from opinionated reports, or does it just report the facts that public may already know? If one could answer this question then they would know if the media was responsible or not for writing history. The media is a form of communication used to reach the general public to form audiences for information, artistic expression, and other kinds of messages (Marc, David, “Mass Media.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.
Americans have embraced debate since before we were a country. The idea that we would provide reasoned support for any position that we took is what made us different from the English king. Our love of debate came from the old country, and embedded itself in our culture as a defining value. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the affinity for debate is still strong, and finds itself as a regular feature of the mainstream media. However, if Deborah Tannen of the New York Times is correct, our understanding of what it means to argue may be very different from what it once was; a “culture of critique” has developed within our media, and it relies on the exclusive opposition of two conflicting positions (Tannen).
It is basically a belief that the U.S. is "different" from all other countries, and thus, is necessary to be also considered as different. One of the historical examples can be cited from the start of U.S.'s ambitions regarding imperial motives. In the contemporary scene, this concept is more used to heighten the American pride especially for elections (for the benefit of the politicians). This was elucidated by Hook and Spanier by discussing the perception of "American destiny" by some public officials. The view regarding country's difference from other nations "also allowed the United States to behave hypocritically by acting like other nations in its continental expansion while casting its motives in the noblest terms (Hook and Spanier, p.
The Media influence on society According to Noam Chomsky, “What lies behind us and before us are very small matters compare to what lies right to the face.” The issue of the media influence on society’s cultural structure has frequently been debated. The impact on the audience by the media influences the interpretations of social order. Also, the media goes hand in hand with American politics. The information provided by the media is controlled by business cooperates and their economic interest that is shared by political elites. The media is responsible for creating different classes with respect to appearance, color, economic status, religion, and with the help of politics, advertisement because of the media’s powerful influence on public perception, which directly or indirectly affects the consciousness of a human being.
In order for the U.S. government to control and determine the public’s popular perception of reality, the government must shape and oversee the information that the media reports to the existing populous. This particular process of democracy is known and referred to by political scientists as cognitive socialization. However, many of us, who do not adhere to the cushioning of political correctness, refer to it as the propaganda machine. Numerous political scientists consider cognitive socialization to be the most effective form of political socialization. According to theory, cognitive socialization is doctored up information, which is strategically fragmented in such a manipulative manner, that the probability of its rationalization is highly predictable.
Besides, this essay will critically argue about the relationship between pressure groups and news media; some techniques exerted by pressure groups in media area and how news media reacted to pressure groups. There are several types of pressure groups existing in current society which they possess different values and aims. In details, causes groups may eager to set up certain debates in political agenda and expected to receive effectual political action (Grant, 2000, P126); sectional groups might need to attract public attention to their problems but sometimes they prevent public attention in order to conducted via au fait consultative channels (Grant, 2000, P126); interest groups which easily to understand in its literal meanings used to upgrade their interest in political agenda by utilizing media (Grant, 2000, P127). Therefore, certain pressure groups require higher level of media assistance compared with others. Furthermore, despite of pressure groups relate to political agenda, environmental groups have established long-history relationship with news media that could be identified by large amount of environmental articles in media coverage (Hansen, 1993, P5).