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The Media [electronic resource]: Inside Story

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Explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting its scrutiny of the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news. Examples include the Washington Post's investigation of the deaths of 240 children and subsequent challenge of D.C. Child Protection Services; the press' revelation of the dangers of smoking during the "Tobacco Wars", and a field trip to CNN.
Online
2003
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Public Opinion [electronic resource]: Voice of the People

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Examines the power of public opinion to influence government policy, the increasing tendency of public officials to rely on polls, and the need to use many forms of feedback to get an accurate measure of public opinion. Examples include the ABC/Washington post poll on federalizing airport security screening post September 11th; the construction of polls to predict the outcome of presidential elections including Ross Perot's biased opinion poll, and the public outcry when civil unions for gay and lesbian couples were approved in Vermont.
Online
2003