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chapter 11

public opinion the ideas and attitudes that most people hold about elected officials, candidates,government,and political issues
mass media mechanisms of mass communication,including television,radio,newspapers,magazines,recordings,movies and books
interest group a group of people who share the point of view about an issue and unite to promote their beliefs .
public opinion poll a survey in which individuals are asked to answer questions about a particular issue or person
pollster a specialist whose jobs is to conduct polls regularly
print media newspapers,magazines,newsletters,and books
electronic media radio,television,and the internet
public agenda issues considered most significant by government officials
leak the realese of secret government information by anonymous government officals to the media
prior restraint government censorship of materials before its published
lebel written untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation
malice evil intent
public intrest group an organization that supports causes that affect the lives of Americans in general
non partisan free from party ties or bias
political action committee political organization established by a corporation, labor union,or other special interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money
lobbyist representative of an interest group who contacts law makers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making