Television 's Impact On Politics Essay

1292 Words May 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Not a day goes by in this 2016 election year without hearing the engraving campaign words and phrases such as “Feel the Bern” and “Make America Great Again.” The television in every single living room across the country blares live debates while updating every single American citizen on the status of each candidate. Although there is a mute button for the television, unfortunately, there is no mute button for politics. Ever since the first televised presidential debate in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, the use of television in politics has grown enormously. Time seems to have frozen in a time and place in which the television is feeding the minds of the American citizens with the information they want to hear – or even worse – the information that they don’t want to hear. Television negatively impacts elections through network television’s economic-focused mission, encouragement for the public’s obsession with image over issues, and mudslinging as a method to move politicians forward in the polls.
Television networks are in this business for one reason: money. How do networks make money? Viewers. How do networks gain viewers? They tell the public what they want to hear. Is everything that is said on television the truth? Of course not. A television network would not be a television network without its viewers. Although the television can be a great source of information, television producers make a living off of their viewers, and, just like a little kid on…

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