Video Exercise

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In Chapter 7, we discussed how media coverage emphasizes conflict between the candidates. In October 2004, Jon Stewart went on the CNN television program Crossfire to voice his complaints about media coverage of politics. The outburst was later cited as a reason that CNN canceled the program. Watch Stewart’s comments here:

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Jon Stewart calls these journalists “partisan hacks” who are “hurting America.” Do you agree with the criticism? Does he simply deflect criticism of his own show or do his comments have a different role?
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Is media coverage of campaigns “theater” as Stewart claims? Why does television news typically take the form of a two-sided debate based on talking points?
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Are debate shows between the two parties’ points of view better for Americans than the current crop of ideological programs from only one point of view?
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Do reporters hold candidates “feat to the fire” as Stewart suggests they should? Is that the role of the press?

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