The Media Quiz
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Functions of the Media
Government Regulation of the Media
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1. True or false: Conservatives have dominated political talk radio for most of the last few decades.
2. True or false: Most articles in newspapers can be classified as interpretive news reports.
3. Why can the FCC regulate broadcast media, but not print media?
The First Amendment does not cover broadcast media.
More people watch TV than read newspapers.
The public owns the airwaves, and broadcasters only rent them from the government.
Print media companies have more money to fight government regulation.
4. What did the 1996 Telecommunications Act allow?
Companies to own more media outlets
The government to regulate cable television
The government to strongly enforce the fairness doctrine
The government to seize stations from defiant companies
5. What do media critics sometimes use the term pack journalism to describe?
The fact that journalists are all liberal
The fact that journalists all dress alike
The prominent role of broadcast media
The tendency of journalists to follow and imitate each other
6. Which of the following is
a function of the media?
Encouraging people to rally ’round the flag
Reporting the news
Providing a forum for political debate
7. What do newspapers that are affiliated with particular political parties practice?
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