20 terms

AP Gov. Unit 3: Mass Media

mass media
television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and other means of popular communication.
The practice of journalists to expose the inappropriate actions of public officials, government organizations, or corporations.
yellow journalism
Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.
news leak
carefully placed bit of inside information given to a friendly reporter; benifits leaker and leakee
print media
Newspapers and magazines, as compared with broadcast media.
broadcast media
Television and radio, as compared with print media.
political bias of media
the idea that people vote according to only what they hear or see in the media; however media does usually reinforce beliefs rather than change opinion
media's role in setting the agenda
tv news influence the standards by which governments, presidents, policies, candidates, etc. are judged. people try to influence govs policies--interest groups, pol. parties, public rel. firms are pushing for the priorities to take precedence over others.
sound bites
Short video clips of approximately 15 seconds; typically all that is shown from a politician's speech or activities on the nightly television news.
high-tech politics
A politics in which the behavior of citizens and policymakers and the political agenda itself are increasingly shaped by technology.
press conferences
meetings of public officials with reporters
investigative journalism
the use of in depth reporting to unearth scandals, scams and schemes which at times puts the reporters in adversarial relationships with political leaders
governmental regulation of media content
trial balloons
an intentional news leak for the purpose of assessing the political reaction
presidential debates
Debate between presidential candidates
media impact on public opinion
Public opinion is shaped by which stories the media chooses to present: good or bad
candidate-centered campaign
A campaign in which the individual seeking election, rather than an entire party slate, is the focus.
red lion broadcasting v. FCC
A 1969 case in which the Supreme Court upheld restrictions on radio and television broadcasting. These restrictions on the broadcast media are much tighter than those on the print media because there are only a limited number of broadcasting frequencies available.
12th amendment
required separate and distinct ballots for presidential and vice presidential candidates