Learning Objectives

By reading this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

8.1 Examine how recent controversies over foreign interference in electoral politics raise questions about the trustworthiness of the American news media.

8.2 Trace the historical development of the American news media.

8.3 Understand the issue of bias in the American media.

8.4 Discuss changes in the regulation of media ownership and media content.

8.5 Explain the different perspectives on the power of the media to shape political understanding and behaviors.