Reading Questions – Chapter 12 (The Media)

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Chapter 12 Reading Questions – The Media

1. In general, how does an American medium differ from that of England and France? 2. Describe the party press period of journalistic history. 3. Describe the popular press period of journalistic history. 4. Describe the magazines of opinion period of journalistic history. 5. Define the terms “yellow journalism” and “muckrakers.” Give examples of both. 6. How have the characteristics of the electronic media and the Internet affected the actions of public officials and candidates for national office? 7. What does the book conclude about the degree of competition in the media? 8. What is the impact of the “national press?” 9. Define the roles of the national media as gatekeeper, scorekeeper, and watchdog. Think of examples for each. 10. Summarize the rules regulating the media and the government including the following: prior restraint, libel, confidentiality of sources, FCC regulations, Telecommunications Act (1996), Equal time rule, Right-of- reply rule, political editorializing rule, fairness doctrine. Make sure you understand all these rules. 11. Summarize what the book says about national media bias. 12. Summarize what the book says about the effects of the media on politics. 13. How does press coverage of the president and of Congress differ? 14. Why does American government have so many leaks? 15. Describe how sensationalism in media has changed over time. 16. What are the four ways in which reporters and public officials may communicate? 17. Why do people have an increasing lack of confidence in the media? Summarize all the reasons that the book gives.

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