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Explain three ways in which the media act as tje whatchdogs
First, the media can act as a watchdog over government. The First Amendment to the Constitution helps ensure that the media can expose officials' wrongdoing without fear of censorship or prosecution. [ This is a treasured American right that is not available in many other countries. However, freedom of the press in the United States is not always perfect. There are examples of journalists in America who have been jailed and deported because they were suspected of "subversive Communist or terrorist activities." Overall, however, the U.S. is widely regarded as having the most free press in the
world. Second, the mass media inform the public about its electoral choices. The media explain what the political parties stand for, and how the candidates shape up in terms of their personal character, knowledge and experience, and positions on the issues. A third role for the mass media is to present a diverse, full, and enlightened set of ideas about public policy. The media investigate how well current policies are working, what alternative policies are available, and what effects they might have. Beyond these three roles, the mass media play other important roles in the political system. The media act as a vehicle for government officials to speak to citizens, educating, persuading, or perhaps, manipulating their opinions. The media may also act as a channel by which the government finds out what the public wants. Finally, the media, with their own goals and interests, may themselves participate in the political process, influencing political leaders and public opinion. ]
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