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  1. Introduction
  2. The biggest influence on the population
  3. Government officials' dependence on news reports as indirect indicators of public emotion
  4. Research questions
  5. Method
  6. Instrument
  7. Analysis
  8. Relation of public trust to political image
  9. Limitations future research
  10. References

These days the general population has a plethora of choices as to where they get their news from. With media outlets owned by big business conglomerates, it can be hard to decide what the truth is and what stories have been tweaked to meet the audience's interest. Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel carries the slogan ?We report. You Decide.?, but a majority of the time I feel as if they have already made my decision for me. With so much ?red herring? news out there, the population must make a decision on how they get their news. This goal of this paper is to find out what elements influence the population on where they decide to get their information.

[...] At the end of the survey is where the more sensitive questions were located, such as: age, race, gender, political stance, income, occupation, and how much television one watches. This was able to provide a demographic. A third variable that would also affect the public trust is personal experiences. If someone is told one thing by the media and then finds contradicting facts elsewhere, it can lead to a general mistrust. An example would be if the news reports of accusations against a government official and then it later comes out that the media was wrong. [...]

[...] A., Shanahan, J., & Sei-Hill, K. (2002). Media Influences on Local Political Involvement, Issue Awareness, and Attitude Strength. Unpublished raw data. Retrieved December from EBSCO Host database. Bibliographies Christen, C. T., & Huberty, K. E. (2007). Media Reach, Media Influence? The Effects of Local, National, and Internet News on Public Opinion Inferences. Retrieved October from EBSCO Host database. Dafna, L., & Tidhar, C. E. (2003). The Making of Television: Young Viewers' Developing [...]

[...] RQ 2 With a low level of television literacy how much do the media influence public perceptions and opinions? Christen and Huberty (2007) found that the more the public is exposed to a story, even by different media outlets, the more likely they are to disregard the bias that is put in it. Christen and Huberty (2007) say evidence of an effect of media exposure can be seen in political campaigns, body image distortion, family planning, and drug use prevention (p. [...]

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