Government elections

1. Explain Media influence, and what we now know was Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election documented as false news in the Patterson article. THEN, explain HOW both could affect strategic points in the 2020 Presidential Election, being sure to use POLS vocabulary for the stages of the election year and the events that occur during that year. A good start would be to detail the stages of the election seasons and how public opinion is affected (by media) during those stages.
2. Finally, what can the American public do to minimize the risk that foreign interference could “throw” our election in 2020? Be specific. Use what you have learned from the Patterson article and what you have learned about the media from the book. Do NOT go on a rant about “rigged” elections, illegal voters, or potential hacking of voting machines. Do not generalize all media sources as being “fake news”. Be specific regarding what you are talking about. Be able to discuss both the positive and the negative roles that media plays in our political system. The emphasis for the purposes of this assignment is on the media and the role that it plays in American politics, both good and bad.
Rubric:
1 Essay demonstrates an understanding of Patterson’s article and data regarding issues of media influence in the 2016 presidential election including foreign social media influence (false news of Patterson’s article).
2. Essay illustrates a clear knowledge of the “seasons” of a presidential election process and the strategic points in that process when media could affect the upcoming 2020 presidential election. This does not require spending the whole essay talking about the seasons, but at least using them as points of reference for the important role of the media and to illustrate that you know what those seasons are.
3. Essay addresses both the positive and negative aspects of media coverage of American elections and political issues.
4. Essay uses 3rd person: Examples: “Facebook posts were ___________… Priming was __________…” rather than “I think…or I believe…or I feel…”.
5. Essay uses POLS vocabulary words from Part II in particular in the textbook and illustrates and understanding of the words.
Approval rating bandwagon effect boomerang effect
Civic voluntarism civil disobedience clicktivism
Demographic group din direct action
Electoral activities framing effects groupthink
Information shortcuts irrationality of voting issue advocacy
Likely voters mandate margin of sampling error
Policy agenda political elites political mobilization
Political socialization political voice push poll
Response bias sampling frame social capital
Survey research traditional participation underdog effect
Voter turnout consolidation fairness doctrine
Framing infotainment loud signal
Mass media new media personal presidency
Policy agenda priming public ownership
Public watchdog sound bit telecommunication act of 1996
Watergate scandal 527 groups bundling
Call list Caucus electoral bounce
Gerrymander incumbency advantage midterm elections
Midterm loss name recognition negative campaigning
Open seat political action committee proportional representation
Reapportionment super PACs super Tuesday
Time, place, and manner clause winner-take-all
6. Essay addresses the Question: “What can the American public do to minimize the risk that foreign interference could “throw” our election in 2020?”

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