the media 4
Most members of the electorate gain information about government and politics through one or more of a variety of media outlets. The more involved an individual is in the political process, the less reliant that person is on the media for information. Is there a danger to American democracy if too much of the electorate allows the media to interpret political events for them? That is, has the media begun to set the agenda due to general disinterest on the part of the public? The public has the ability to obtain information from many sources that include print, television, radio, political activities, and the Internet. What can the average citizen do to be sure that the information he or she gathers is as close to true and unbiased as possible? Why is this important in a democracy?