Question: How does the media affect public policy?










The media covers issues they hope people will find important and relevant. These issues tend to be the ones that can affect policy. Stories on gun violence, for example, often lead to the debate on gun control. Stories on medical costs drive the debate on health care.

In addition, much of what people know about candidates comes from the media, and therefore voting decisions are derived from what is seen on television or read in a newspaper. Unfortunately, media bias comes into play, as various newspapers and television outlets can have different ideologies. Thus, the people who make public policy can be elected with the help of the media.


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