Major Patterns Both parties have become more ideologically polarized in the last 40 years. Congressional Republicans have moved further to the right than Democrats to the left during this period; moderate Republicans have virtually disappeared from Congress. Most of the change among congressional Democrats can be attributed to the loss of moderate-to-conservative Southern Democrats. Overall, the parties are now ideologically homogenous and distant from one another. Bipartisan agreements to fix the budgetary problems of the country are now almost impossible to reach. Little hope for change, with steady trends toward polarization driven by underlying structural economic and social factors—income inequality, cultural conflict, and “hot button” issues such as abortion.
Who is More Liberal, Senator Obama or Senator Clinton?
1. From Ch. 1, contrast the conventional wisdom of declining trust in the media with the alternative view offered by Ladd. Are there any points of agreement in the two views?
Why did the Framers support a free press in the Bill of Rights and then, after they were elected to office, why did they often become more hostile toward the press? What does this tell us about the normal reactions of politicians to the media in a democracy?
In what ways did the media become more professional, more objective and more of an institution in the period from the 1930s to the 1970s?
What’s professionalism and how did it develop? What’s objectivity and how did it develop? How do we know the news media is an institution?
Is it easier to understand why traditional journalists are so critical of new forms of news, such as Fox and MSNBC, Internet portals, bloggers, and others or are they just whiners and has-beens? 13:50
What changes in the party system, the media landscape and the relationship of the institutional media with politicians led to the decline of trust in the media, according to Ladd?