Flashcards in The Media Flashcards Deck (26):
The suspicious attitude of the national press toward public officials.
The current era of media coverage that seizes upon any amount of information that calls into question the qualifications or character of a public official.
background story (news)
A tactic by government officials to win journalistic friends. The official discusses current policy on condition that they remain anonymous.
Reporters’ keeping sources of their stories secret. Most states and the federal government allow courts to decide on possible confidentiality.
equal time rule
An FCC regulation requiring stations to sell time to both candidates seeking office.
An FCC rule, abolished in 1987, that required broadcasters to give time to both sides of a controversial issue.
A type of news story that involves a public event not routinely covered by reporters.
Federal Communications Commission
An agency of the federal government that develops regulations for the broadcast media.
The role played by the media in influencing what subjects become national political issues.
A type of news story that involves information not usually made public: requires official leak or investigative reporting.
The use of words to persuade people of something without actually making a clear argument for it.
The area reached by a station’s television signal.
When a person tunes out media messages they do not agree with.
A journalist who investigates the activities of public officials and organizations seeking to expose and publicize misconduct or corruption.
Newspapers created, sponsored, and controlled by political parties to further their interests.
political editorializing rule
A regulation of the FCC providing a candidate with the right to respond if a broadcaster endorses the opposing candidate.
Self-supporting daily newspapers aimed at a mass readership.
Government censorship by forbidding publication of the information.
A regulation by the FCC permitting a person the right to respond if attacked on a broadcast other than a regular news program.
A type of news story that involves a public event regularly covered by reporters. Least biased by reporter's political opinion.
The role played by the national media in keeping track of and helping make political reputations.
Perceiving only what one wants to perceive from media reporting.
A video clip used on nightly broadcasts by political officials. Have become increasingly shorter.
A tactic by an anonymous source to test a policy's public reaction before the policy is actually proposed.
The role played by the national media in investigating political personalities and exposing scandals.