Chapter 14 Interest Groups and the Media


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representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making (law making)
interest group
a group of people who share a point of view about an issue and united to promote their beliefs
public interest group
an organization that supports causes that affect the lives of Americans in general.
Political Action Committee(PAC)
A committee set up by a corporation, labor union, or interest group that raises and spends campaign money from voluntary donations
special interest
an organization of people with some common interest who try to influence government decisions
methods of communicating to large numbers of people
the role played by a media organization that exposes illegal practices or waste
bias or biased
favoring one particular view
refers to the use of symbols in a communication or article
political communications that are extremely biased and that appeal to fears and emotions in order to persude public opinion
public opinion
the ideas and attitudes that people hold about elected officials, candidates, government, and political issues
public opinion poll
a survey in which individuals are asked to answer questions about a particular issue or person.
mass media
a mechanism of mass communication, including television, radio, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, recordings, and movies
a specialist whose job is to conduct polls regularly
public agenda
issues considered most significant by government officials.
to release secret government information by "anonymous" government officials to the media.
prior restraint
the act of stopping information from being known by blocking it from being published.
written untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation
Action or crime of SPOKEN untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation
evil intent
shield laws
a law that protects a reporter from revealing his or her sources
Federal Communications Commission
free from party ties or bias