U. S. Government: Democracy In Action

Chapter 19: The Mass Media

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"Media and the Presidency"

In this chapter you have learned about the basic forms of mass media, the role of mass media in politics, and government regulation of the mass media. The mass media—television, newspapers, radio—exercise considerable influence on politics today. In this activity you will take a closer look at the evolution of the media in presidential politics.

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Read through the essay to learn about the changing relationship between the media and politicians. Take notes as you examine each page.

After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.

Describe the major phases that media coverage of presidential campaigns and elections has undergone over the past 100 years.
Read the stories about the ways in which President Franklin Roosevelt was "protected" by the press. Would the media take this approach today? Why or why not?
What effects did the rise of television have on presidential campaigns?
How would you describe the relationship between candidates and the media today? How has this relationship changed over the years?
In recent presidential elections, the Internet has become a tool increasingly used by the candidates, the media, and the public. Conduct research to find out what role the Internet played in the election of 2000. In what ways did the candidates make use of the Internet? How did the media use the Internet? What effects did Internet use have on the public? Using these questions as guidelines to get you started, write a one-page essay on this topic.
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