11 terms

Ch 12 AP Gov The Media

Sound Bite
a radio or video clip of someone speaking
Equal Time Rule
An FCC rule that if a broadcaster sells time to one candidate, it must sell equal time to other candidates
Adversarial Press
press that is nationally suspicious of officials and writes embarrassing, sometimes career-ending stories.
A series, or log, of discussion items on a page of the World Wide Web
background story
A public official's statement to a reporter that is given on condition that the official not be named.
feature stories
media stories about events that, though public, are not regularly covered by reporters
insider stories
media stories about events that are not usually made public
loaded language
words that imply a value judgement, used to persuade a reader without having made a serious argument
selective attention
paying attention only to those news stories with which one already agrees
trial balloon
Information leaked to the media to test public reaction to a possible policy
routine stories
media stories about events that are regularly covered by reporters