However there are cases in which the media has had positive effects on a Prime Minister’s popularity, such as “The Sun”, which, notably, turned its bias towards Tony Blair and the Labour party before their large win of 1997. Secondly, the cabinet is a large source of the Prime Minister’s power. Although the Prime Minister has the power to appoint and fire the members of his cabinet, these members have the authority to reject the Prime Minister; this was the case for Margaret Thatcher in 1990 after the leadership challenge by Michael Heseltine. The powers of the cabinet mean that a Prime Minister has to have significant support by the members to be able to receive the full amount of power. This source of power is also affected by members of the cabinet whom are too powerful and important to easily dismiss, most recently famous was during Tony Blair’s leadership, 1997 – 2007, and the pressure he received off Gordon Brown to leave.
The media presents people with the political information necessary for choosing a President. People get most information on the candidates from the media and what comes from it people place their votes on. The media has a way to control our minds to favor a certain item. In this case it is political, the President. Since the television has been around, politics have been all over it.
Another limitation referring to the source could be the media becoming very hostile. They could portray the Prime Minister as a very weak and unworthy character which could affect his personal image, but also the image of the party they lead. 2b) With reference to the source, and your own knowledge, explain the Prime Minister’s prerogative powers (10). The prerogative powers that the Prime Minister enjoys are the extensive arbitrary powers that they enjoy. These powers were first exercised by the monarch but they are now exercised by the prime minister.
For instance Green Peace; an interest group can easily be identified as an influencer in media response. Pluralists also share the view that media content is reflective of the audiences interests, an example of this is how coverage of 'immigrants' is often very negative in 'The Sun', a tabloid newspaper. Pluralists feel that media is responsive to both market and public demand. The audience is a dictator in terms of what it wants in media content. Burnham argued that the mergers and
Information and Politics There is an information asymmetry between the government and the public or voters. The government has the upper hand in terms of information as politicians know very well what they are capable of and what they plan on doing once they are elected. They also have a political network that provides them access to policy advice. On the other hand, voters suffer from imperfect information. The mass media, therefore, helps to bridge this information gap by providing political news to the voters.
I saw that the more people were informed about the issues going on in Iraq, people would strike back, such as the Arabians. In various parts of the film there are many clips that show Iraqi people angry and shouting things about the war and so forth. These clip are just examples of the actions that media influences upon their viewers. Like I stated before about the statement that Hassan made, the media will continue to find ways to fuel people with anger, which results them act in violent ways. Government also shapes public opinions through the speeches made as well as the television.
A Government Status Quo in an Ever-Changing World Government control of the media is a major topic of contention that can extinguish the freedoms and liberties of its citizens. Governments, whether monarchies, dictatorships, or democracies, all have, to a greater or lesser extent, the ability to monitor what is being expressed through the media. The more governments attempt to control television, radio, Internet, and print, the more society is biased to the controlling government’s point of view. An objective perspective is then compromised and truth is often difficult to find. Some governments even dole out harsh punishments to individuals who express opinions contrary to the government’s politics.
After spending the primary season trying to prove they are most in tune with their party, they run for election on the basis of being most in tune with the nation. However, large swaths of the nation are at odds with the social contracts that politician holds with their party (or, otherwise, they would all be members of that party). This sets up the confusing political structure in American culture where politicians must first promise their parties they care strongly about certain issues, then assure the rest of the country that they do not actually care that strongly (Strom 1990). This confusing political structure emerges directly out of the conflicts in the
The articles analyzes the recent loss of credibility within the news industry. Samuelson argues that readers choose their media outlets on the basis of partisanship. Which means Conservatives choose media outlets such as Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh. While Liberals are bound to listen to National Public Radio because it’s become known as their news outlet. Samuelson defends his claims with figures from the Pew Research Center, making them claims of fact.
Assess the view that the news is a social construction. (33 marks) There are many sociological ideas that contribute to our understanding to whether or not the news is a social construction. The news may be seen as a ‘window on the world’ to some, however, others would argue that the news in not objective, and instead it only reflects ideas of the power elite. McQuail argues that the news is socially manufactured product that has been through a selective process, made by what he calls gatekeepers. This is the idea that journalists and editors control what is considered newsworthy, and consequently what appears in the news.