The Role Of Media In Politics

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The media is an integral part of society’s political system. The media has vast power because just about all Americans get their news from the media. The media’s coverage can determine how Americans’ see the world and the media decides which issues are important and should be discussed. From the political standpoint, the media performs many functions important to the political process. The media not only reports the news, but it serves as the liaison between the people and the government. In politics, the media can either help or damage political opinions of the people. Many depend heavily on media outlets, such as television, radio, newspapers, the internet, and social media as their source of information for political events and issues
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Instead, it seems as many major organizations are taking one side of the political spectrum and at best providing relatively biased coverage and at worst acting as propaganda machines for a particular political party. Over the past few years there has been an increase in power throughout the media with regard to politics. The media 's original purpose was to inform the public of the relevant events that occurred around the world. The job of the media is to search out the truth and relay that news to the people. The media has the power to inform the people but often times the stories given to the public are distorted for one reason or another. Using slant and sensationalism, the media has begun to shape our views in society and the process by which we choose our …show more content…
The media creates a basis of political knowledge for the public. Presidential approval is strongly influenced by how the media portrays the candidate and his or her stance on political topics. The televised campaign ads often highlight one candidate while casually degrading and dismantling another. Coverage of a political campaign plays a significant role in the eye of the public. Candidates who receives more attention from the media and generates more activity, often attract more of the public’s attention and eventually votes. Most elections are influenced by two major factors. One being the strength and political knowledge of the candidate, the second being how the candidate is portrayed through the various media outlets. With free speech and very minimal censorship, the media is free to objectify a candidate any way they

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