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.
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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