In this chapter you have read about the many different people, organizations, and institutions that affect our government. Mass media affect people by what they choose to cover and how they choose to cover it. Mass media also affect government officials. Those running for office want the media to cover their campaigns and portray them in a positive light. Our nationís highest elected official, the president, has a press secretary to brief reporters on the presidentís plans and to respond to the mediaís questions. In this activity you will take a closer look at the role of a White House press secretary.
Destination Title: PBS NewsHour Extra
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Start at the PBS NewsHour Extra page.
- Scroll down to read about the role of a White House press secretary.
After you have read the interview, answer the following questions.