Does the media just report politics, or does it shape political events? When politicians play to the media, does the media then control politics? The media—such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet—has the power to connect citizens and their government. Many people criticize the media for unfairly using this power. Does the media fairly explore issues, or does it impose its own positions?
Has the media simply replaced political parties as the primary force behind candidate selection? The media's influence is increased by the fact that campaigns usually focus on the individual candidate, not the political party. To win primaries, candidates seek media attention to gain attention from voters.
The media can shape government and politics in many ways. Here are a few examples:
The media has a great deal of power in American politics today. Some people believe the media abuses its power, especially when it tries to make sales by giving people what they want to read or hear. On the other hand, perhaps the media acts as a modern "checks and balances" system. Reporters serve as "watchdogs" to be sure that Presidents, Representatives, and Justices do not abuse their powers. The media in turn is checked by government regulations, by skilled politicians, and by the people's own good judgment.
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