PAD 510 Week 5 Discussion 1 & 2
I disagree. Members of the news media have a big influence on how society will react to certain situations. According to the book, important group of unofficial actors is the news media, which enjoy firt amendment press freedoms because of their “watchdog” role. New outlets illuminate the actions of government. Under certain conditions, such as matters of national security or personal privacy, the media have been denied access to policy-making information and processes. This denial of access to information sometimes raises controversy that is out of proportion to the value of the information being withheld (Birkland, 2011). The media makes up their mind of a story before finding out the truth. They then present what they believe is the truth to society. As a member of society, we then begin to believe what they are saying. Students of the news media have dramatic and narrative features of the “story” than by its substantive importance (p. 150). Thus, the old expression “if it bleeds, it leads” is played out in newspapers and local TV news programs nationwide. Stories involving murder, crime, fires, grisly car accidents, and the like are presented because they are dramatic and novel and therefore easily told as a story with good guys, bad guys, winners, losers, and even a moral (e.g., crime doesn’t pay, don’t drink and drive) (p. 150). The media is not a mirror, because to be a mirror you have to present the facts as they appeared. Instead the media view is snap shot of what one may have viewed but have transferred differently for society eyes.
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