Ultimately empowering the U.S. government, strengthening it with the ability to determine and control the popular perception of reality. One way in which government achieves this objective, is by its ability to misuse the media’s ability to set the agenda. Contrary to popular belief, media is in fact an enormous hegemony. In fact, separate independent news organizations relatively do not exist. Rather than creating an independent structured agenda of there own, generally lesser smaller news organizations adapt to a prepared agenda, previously constructed by a higher medium.
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.
When the public's views are affected, the voting polls are too. In turn, when votes are changed, different public officials are elected. The government officials are the men and women who make the laws and generally run the country. The mass media is at the beginning of a long chain, but nonetheless, the media has a powerful effect on politics in the United States. Works Cited Cirino, Robert.
Here the public is what elects you into office so if you don’t please the public, chances are you will have a short career in politics. If you hold an unpopular view on a political subject you can be subject to criticism or outright attack. This goes for any citizen but is especially true for the politicians in the public eye or personalities on television, radio or any other media outlet. Public opinion is greatly influenced by the media. How we get information in today’s society is very important.
This Idea has now shifted to high profile privatized media conglomerates that are more concerned wi... ... middle of paper ... ...truth” (Kovach, Rosentiel, 1). The ideas that revolve around watchdog journalism have been compromised in both liberal democracies and LDC’s. We either are in a society where attempting to hold the government accountable for its reprehensible actions could result in a decade long prison sentence, or you are in a society where news content is diluted with attempts to distract passive consumers from state discrepancies. In both societies, the faces of media conglomerates are simply marionettes to the puppeteers of elites who attempt to gain profit and exposure from the sources that are supposed to remain impartial. It has become clear the role of watchdog journalism is no longer the foundation of our present day media.
Instead they vote according to what they are told by major publications rather than what they believe. In this paper, I will explore whether the Media is a valuable resource or a does it have an undue influence over the President and the American public? The media is a powerful resource for the Presidency and for the people of the United States. Justice Frankfurter, of the Supreme Court, said “A free press is indispensable to the workings of our democratic society.” He says that the American people need the media to be informed about government workings, foreign affairs, and events of importance. Without this... ... middle of paper ... ...tised by the press corp.
The infamous David Brinkley once said, “News is what I say it is.” At our current day in age, news is what journalists say it is, and Brinkley was brave enough to dispel that. The media define what “is” news, and simultaneously, what is not news. Indeed, there is immense bias in the media—that is indisputable. But how exactly does the journalistic professionalism affect the information we get through news channels? Many feel that journalistic and media bias enters because of personal viewpoints and politics, yet these are not the sole reasons—in fact there are several reasons, all of which can be applied to foreign coverage, for example: the negative light on Africa (as a continent).
Media’s investigative reporting somehow led to ouster a president and befalls a corruptive government. It causes a democratically elected official become more acquainted with an intrusive press and build a culture of disclosure and openness as they assume their responsibilities more accountably. True liberal democracy will not be possible without the active participation of the people. Media educates, informs, and mobilizes these people in order to be anxiously involved in the business of domination. Media is not just a mere inert recorder of events but a watchdog.
The press has historically hoisted accountability upon the people in power; it spread new ideas that allowed the repressed and controlled to realize freedom, and has continually been a bringer of transparency in government. American democracy was a direct result of the press; printers used the press to unify the country under propaganda of a single enemy. Yet, the traditional press is being commercialized, corporatized, and increasingly bent to the will of a select few. Meanwhile, a new press is rising from the disparity and demand of the citizenry. In the first chapter of Legal Principles and Analytic Framework, Dr. Mark Cooper, a specialist in how telecommunications shape social issues, discusses how media ownership influences the press in American democracy.
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."