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Interest Group and the Media Chapter 14 civics.

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Lobbying
Activity protected by the right to free speech.
Lobbyist
The paid agent of an interest group who speaks to state legislators, member of Congress, or government officials in order to influence new legislation or regulations.
Interest Group
Is a group of individuals with common interests who seek to influence public policy.
Public interest group
Attempts to promote the common good. The interests of Americans as a whole rather than of any one specific group. Differs from a political party because is not focused on electing its candidates to office.
Political Action Committee (PAC)
An organization that raises and spending money privately to influence elections or legislation, and to elect or defeat candidates especially at the federal level.
Special interest
A group of people or an organization seeking or receiving special advantages, typically through political lobbying.
Media
Refers to mass media, methods of communicating to large numbers of people. The media includes newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs, and Internet websites and blogs.
Watchdog
Like interest groups the media act as a watchful guardian, especially against illegal or unethical conduct. They question government activities to expose wrongdoing.
Bias
Refers to a partial perspective or point of view. Is often a prejudice for or against something.
Symbolism
Is a visual image that represents another thing, concept or relationship.
Propaganda
Political communications that are biased, that exaggerate, that appeal to emotions over reason, that play on fears, and that make use of the special persuasive techniques.
Public opinion
''The views of ordinary citizens.'' The aim of propaganda and other forms of communication is to influence and shaping public opinion.
Opinion poll
To measure public opinion, by selecting a sample that accurately represents a cross section of voters, and can often predict voting results.