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AP Government 10

AP Government - Chapter 10 Vocabulary

Chapter 10 TermsDefinitions
Muckraker A journalist who searches trhough the activites of public officials and organizations seeking to expose conduct contrary to the public interest. The term was first used by Theodore Roosevelt in 0906 to warn that anti-business journalism could be negative
Sound bite A brief statement no longer than a few seconds used on a radio or television news broadcast.
Equal time rule A rule of the Federal Communications Commission stating that if a broadcaster sells time to one candidate for office, he or she must be willing to sell equal time to opposing candidates.
Right-Of-Reply rule A rule of the Federal COmmunications Commission that if a person is attacked on a broadcast (Other than in a regular news program), that person has the right to reply over the same station.
Political Editorializing rule A rule of the Federal Communications Commission that if a broadcaster endorses a candidate, the opposing candidate has the right to reply.
Fairness Doctrine A former rule of the Federal COmmunications COmmission that required broadcasters to give time to oppsoing view if they broadcast a program giving one side of a controversial issue.
Market (television) An area easily reached by a television signal. There are about two hundred such markets in the country.
Trial balloon Information provided to the media by an anonymous public official as a way of testing the public reaction to a possible policy or appointment.
Loaded Language Words that reflect a value judgement, used to persuade the listener without making an argument.
Selective attention: Paying attention only to those parts of a newspaper or broadcast story in which on agrees. Studies suggest that this is how people view political ads on television.
Routine Stories Media reports about public events that are regularly covered by reporters and that involve simple, easily described acts or statements. For example, the president takes a trip, or congress passes a bill.
Feature Stories Media reports about public events knowable to any reporter who cares to inquire, but involving acts and statements not routinely convered by a group of reporters.
Insider Stories Information, not usually made public that becomes public because someone with inside knowledge tells a reporter. The reporter may have worked hard to lean these facts, in which case it is called "Investigative reporting" or it may be a leak.
Leak When some official wanted a story to get out, and may have informed the public or the press.
Adversarial Press A national press that is suspicious of officialdom and eager to break an embarassing story about a public official.
Background Story (news) A public officials explanation of current policy provided to the press on the condition that the source remain anonymous.
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