With Malice toward All? The Media and Public Confidence in Democratic Institutions

By Patricia Moy; Michael Pfau | Go to book overview

Chapter 7
The Effects of Television Programming

Television has become an unavoidable and unremitting factor in shaping what we are and what we will become.

Communications scholar George Comstock ( 1980, p. 123)

You don't change anyone's mind with these jokes. All you do is reinforce what they already believe.

Late night comic Jay Leno (in Retter, 1998, p. 269)

Once limited to newspapers, radio, and television news, Americans today find themselves faced with a multitude of sources from which to glean information about political affairs. No longer does the average American rely solely on radio news updates or wait until the morning edition of his local newspaper arrives. Nor does he have to sit down to watch the evening news in order to learn of the day's major events. Rather, citizens today have round-the-clock access to political affairs content, exemplified by the Cable News Network (CNN), which offers continuous news on both television and the Internet for viewers who seek such information. For the less politically engaged, mediated information about public affairs may come through different outlets, but it comes through nonetheless. Individuals who do not regularly watch the evening news can turn to The Late Show with David Letterman or The Tonight Show and still get a sense of what has transpired recently in Washington. Between the politically involved at one extreme and the politically apathetic at the other lies the vast proportion of citizens who care about some aspects of politics some of the time. Many of these citizens gravitate

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