April 20, 2014

Homework Help: Another Media's Role in Political Process/Question

Posted by Calinda on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 8:20pm.

With respect to the media's role in the
political process, which of the following statements is true?

A. The media fulfills an evaluative
function by helping voters judge
candidates in terms of character
and competence.

B. Most politicians do not view the
role of the media as important
and they primarily rely on their
campaign staffs to communicate
directly with the voters.

C. The media is not as important as
party organizations when it comes
to influencing voter opinion
before primaries.

D. The pervasiveness of radio and
television makes the media an
ineffective tool for politicians
because information overload
creates confusion for most voters.

I am thinking either B OR D to be True.
Can you please help?

B is silly, and D is more so. What is wrong with A? I remember Barry Goldwater standing on the airplane ramp stating his idea to defoliate the
Cambodian Border with nuclear weapons, and the next night on NBC news he is saying he didn't say that. He must have thought we were idiots.

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