1.  How do iron triangles and issue networks differ?

2. Contrast the methods of inside and outside lobbying.

3. Why does the United States have so many more interest groups than most countries?  Do you think there is a connection between this situation and America’s relative lack of political parties?

4.  Describe the different roles played by the media in our political system.

5. Contrast the watchdog role with the common-carrier role.  Is there a tension between these roles?

6.  Is there a conflict between the business aspects of a media company and its role of professional dispenser of news?  In other words, does the media’s interest in higher ratings prevent it from being professional, and therefore create an incentive to become more like Ron Burgundy than genuine journalist?  Or, do you think the American public actually craves real news?

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