Running Head: POLITICAL SCIENCE MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT
Political Science Midterm Assignment
POLITICAL SCIENCE MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT
The Mandatory Question
How has the media enhanced the powers of the presidency? Has this made government
more or less democratic? Has it weakened the legislative branch (the branch in which the
people are more directly represented) and consequently made government less democratic?
Or has it put the president more directly in touch with the people—and strengthened the
public’s voice in government? Has the media changed the presidency in other ways?
The presidency is viewed as the foundation of the political system. It is tailored in the
president as the chief agenda-setter, supporter of the national interest, and chief legislator. The
media also personalize the presidency and depict the decisive and bold president, who selflessly
governs the country. News portrayal of the White House concentrates on the president as a
person. In fact, the news media show the president speaking for and emblematically symbolizing
the nation. Moreover, the media are enthralled with the style and the personality of individual
presidents. They sometimes try to pin them down (Graber, Dunaway, 2014).
Through its scrutiny and criticism, the media has played an integral role in enhancing
democracy in the nation. Typically, the role of the media has made the government more
democratic. Democracy refers to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In fact, democracy and freedom are compatible. The media acts as a link between the citizens
and the government and r...