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Lapdog Theory of Journalism
Lapdog theory of journalism

Intended as a play on journalists' self-proclaimed ‘watchdog’ responsibility, the lapdog model suggests that news media are a conduit for the agenda of the society's elites, supporting and perpetuating the exploitation and social inequalities on which they profit (see Golding and Murdock, 2000). More specifically, the lapdog theory can be summarized in the following three assumptions. First, the news media display a lack of independent power, being reliant upon government, corporate and elite sources for both information and economic support (Bagdikian, 1987). Second, journalists show neither understanding nor interest in the opinions, attitudes and information requirements of any other group other than those of society's elite establishment. Third, and consequently, the news media are characterized by a consistent ...

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