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Glossary of Approaching Democracy chapter 12

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equal time rule
a requirement that radio and television stations allow equal time to all candidates for office
fairness doctrine
a policy now abandoned, that radio and television stations provide time to all sides in programs of public interest
federal communications commission (FCC)
a government commission formed to allocate radio and television frequencies and regulate braodcasting procedures
investigative jouralism
the uncovering of corruption, scandal, conspiracy, and abuses of power in government and business; differs from standard press coverage in the depth of the coerage sought, the time spent researching the subject, and the shocking findings that often result from such reporting
libel
published material that damages a person's reputation or good name in an untruthful and malicious way. libelous material is not protected by the first amendment
mass media
the various media - newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the internet - through which information is transferred from its sources to large numbers of people
muckracking
a word used to describe a style of investigative reporting that uncovered many scandals and abuses
prior restraint
an action in which the government seeks to ban the publication of controversial material by the press before it is published; censorship
right of rebuttal
the right to refute the allegations presented on a radio or television station, free of charge, within a reasonable amount of time
socialization
the process b which people learn to conform to their society's norms and values
yellow journalism
brash, colorful, generiously illustrated, often lurid and sensationalized organs of half truth, innuendo, and sometimes outright lies, usually associated with the big-city daily newspapers of Josepth Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst

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