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chapter 11

public opinion the ideas and attitude that most people have towards something or someone
mass media mechanisms of mass communication
interest group a group consisting of individuals that share some of the same interests
public opinion poll a survey in which people are asked to answer questions about a specific issue or person
pollster someone who's job is to conduct polls regularly
print media a type of media put out through writing or on paper
electronic media media that is put out to the public electronically like T.V
public agenda the issues government must spend lots of time and money to solve
leak release of secret government information by anonymous government officials
prior restraint government censorship before it is released
libel written untruths that hurt someons reputation
malice evil intent
public interest group an organization that supports causes that affect the american public
nonpartisan free from party ties or bias
political action committee (PAC) support groups that help raise money for there candidate and oppose the other
lobbyist representatives or interest groups that contact government officials directly