There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.
Chapter 4: The Media
- National Reach
- Presence in Washington
- Public Use
- Coverage and Viewership of Presidential Campaigns, Conventions, and Debates
- Newspaper Endorsements
Acknowledging that the media have a tremendous role and influence on the American political system is certainly not a groundbreaking statement. Aside from the First Amendment recognition that a free press is essential to a functioning democracy, its role is perceived as so important and influential that it’s not unusual to see the media referred to as the “fourth branch” of government. Perhaps more than any other aspect of the American political system, the role of the media has changed dramatically in the past ten to fifteen years. Just how it has changed and continues to evolve is something that we can begin to explore through the vast ...