The Press, The Public, and Politics: A Web of Interdependence
Mony, Kristina E.
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The effects of the press on politics is a complex system of interdependency. While both suffer from the effects of the other, the only real losers within this relationship are the citizens. Politicians communicate with the people through the press. However, the political officials must be cautious what they say to the people through the press since the press is known for misinterpreting and slanting complex information and focusing on misleading 30 second sound bites. Thus, politicians are limited by the press, and the press is then unable to present an accurate account of government to the people. This cycle creates a political system that doesn't focus on the best interests of the people and news which doesn't provide the public with accurate political information. The conclusion of this exploration of American media examines ways to eliminate the damaging web of interdependence between the press, the public and politics. By reforming the actions of all three, society will benefit and the corrosive cycle will end. This investigation of the role and effect of the media in relation to the public and our political system, stems from research as well as practical experience as a member of the news team at WOTV-41.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.