Chapter 10 Multiple Choice Quiz

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Journalism was begun as a way of passing factual information to people without bias. Over the past few years there has been development of fake news that is used to portray the views of individuals instead of actual facts. What do you know about some news that has made headlines over the past few years and their sources? Take up the quiz below and get to find out for sure.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    HOw does the AMerican media differ from the media in most other countries?
    • A. 

      Almost all American radio and television stations are privately owned

    • B. 

      The US government has little power to regulate broadcasters.

    • C. 

      The US has very strict libel laws, & untruths about public officials usually result in fines.

    • D. 

      Most other countries have a Freedom of Information Act that permits the media to request information about the government.

    • E. 

      Because of federal grants & special funding, the media in the US don't have to worry much about profit.

  • 2. 
    Broadcast journalism changed the media's converage of politics in all of the following ways EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A broadcast allows public officials to speak directly to audiences without their remarks being flitered through editors.

    • B. 

      Politicians can reach voters on a national scale without the support of political parties.

    • C. 

      People could easily ignore a speech by changing the channel

    • D. 

      Citizens get more detailed & specific informations about programs & policies than they could get from the print media.

    • E. 

      Public officials must do something bold or sufficiently colorful to gain free access to the broadcast media.

  • 3. 
    When Gary Hart ran for the Democratic nomination in 1987, he told the press to go ahead & follow him, because "they would be bored." The resulting sexual scandal that arose is an example of the media's role as
    • A. 

      A gatekeeper who influences what subjects become national political issues & for how long

    • B. 

      A scorekeeper who keeps track of & helps make political reputations

    • C. 

      A reporter who covers important facts in an unbiased manner

    • D. 

      A referee who carefully balances coverage of all the candidates

    • E. 

      A watchdog who closely scrutinizes candidates' backgrounds & activities.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following have to be proved in order for a public offical to recover damages for libel?I. the statements were made with maliceII. the statements are untrueIII. the statements were made with a reckless disregard for the truthIV the statement caused harm to the public official
    • A. 

      I and II

    • B. 

      I, II, and III

    • C. 

      II, and III

    • D. 

      III and IV

    • E. 

      I, II, III, and IV

  • 5. 
    The government can use all of the following tools to encourage positive stories & constrain negative stories written by journalists EXCEPT
    • A. 

      "spinning" a story by attacking a politicians critics

    • B. 

      Closing the "leaks" given to particular reporters.

    • C. 

      Revoking the licenses of stations that give unfavorable coverage

    • D. 

      Using the press corps to release favorable stories

    • E. 

      Refusing to give important background information

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is the best example of a trial balloon?
    • A. 

      A candidate for office runs ads in one state on a single ussue to see how the public will react

    • B. 

      An anonymous White House source makes a statement that's then reported on the news.

    • C. 

      A newspaper covers the flooding in a neighboring state & chooses to delete stories of interest.

    • D. 

      A TV special report covers drug dealers in a community but doesn't cover efforts to end drug abuse.

    • E. 

      The president holds a news conference to annoince a new program to stop the spread of AIDS.

  • 7. 
    Why is there more news converage of the president than of Congress in the courts?
    • A. 

      Because the president is one person and is viewed by the public as the center of the government

    • B. 

      Because the president has the ability to call news conferences, whereas members of Congress must act through their leaders

    • C. 

      Because the courrts issues opinions that are difficult to understand, and it's difficult for the press to explain court decisions clearly.

    • D. 

      Because congressional committee hearins are ususally closed to the press and public

    • E. 

      The statement is inaccurate; Congress actually gets as muich press coverage as the president does.

  • 8. 
    Since the early 1970's, how has the relationship between the president and the press changed?
    • A. 

      It's become friendlier because presidents are now more willing to answer questions.

    • B. 

      It's become more adversarial, partly as a result of the Vietnam War and Watergate

    • C. 

      It's become more adversarial because embarrassing stores sell more newspapers

    • D. 

      It has not changed, because we have always had a free press

    • E. 

      It has become less critical of the president because surveys show that people do not like the cynicism of the media.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following stores would msot likely receive media coverage?
    • A. 

      A discussion of the detailed party platforms of each oresidential candidate

    • B. 

      A story about a missing woman and her romantic relationship with a member of Congress

    • C. 

      A report about the safety recommendations made for all new SUV's

    • D. 

      A duscussion of the leading economic indicators

    • E. 

      A study comparing birth defects in the US with those in Canada