Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the role and responsibility of the media in a democratic system.
  • Examine new advances in media dissemination and explore their influence on the democratic process in the United States.
  • Explain why the federal government has more power to regulate broadcast media than print media.
  • Analyze the relationship between the government and media reporters.
  • Assess the way the media reports the news and consider how such reporting can lead to certain types of media bias and formulaic news coverage.