AP US Government : Relationships with Media

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP US Government

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Relationships With Media

The White House Press Secretary is a position established within the executive branch to effectively deal with

Possible Answers:

everyday voters.

members of congress.

interactions with the news media.

state legislatures.

Correct answer:

interactions with the news media.

Explanation:

The White House Press Secretary is a modern phenomenon, only created in the last half of the twentieth century with the explosion of different forms of news media. With a daily briefing in the White House Press Room, the Press Secretary's main function is to distill the President's message for the White House Press Corps and to answer any of their questions. While this has a residual effect of extending the message to other groups, the chief task of a Press Secretary is to deal with the press.

Example Question #2 : Relationships With Media

Which of these First Amendment rights is most frequently challenged during wartime?

Possible Answers:

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Speech

Free exercise of religion

Petitioning the government for redress of grievances

Correct answer:

Freedom of the Press

Explanation:

Freedom of the Press has been temporarily restricted during wartime various times, such as in the Sedition Act of 1918, upheld by the Supreme Court in 1919 under the "clear and present danger" test, and again in 2001 following the declaration of the War on Terror. Students should be able to quickly rule out most options besides "freedom of the press" and "freedom of speech." Freedom of the press is more frequently directly restricted, as the freedom of speech for individual persons acting outside of mass media is rarely as potentially dangerous or influential.

Example Question #3 : Relationships With Media

The media’s function as protector of the people from corrupt, unethical, and incompetent political leaders is called __________.

Possible Answers:

objective journalism

the watchdog role

the common-carrier role

yellow journalism

agenda setting

Correct answer:

the watchdog role

Explanation:

The watchdog role is a term given to the media’s accepted duty to protect the general public from the corrupt and incompetent practices of political leaders. In this capacity, it is the duty of the media to report any instances of government malpractice, deceit, or general incompetence to the public.

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