Question 2 (50 points, 300-400 words:To lead effectively, the president depends

Question 2 (50 points, 300-400 words:To lead effectively, the president depends on the backing of the American people (and poll numbers matter). Recent presidents have made extensive use of the media to build support for their programs, yet they have had difficulty maintaining that support throughout their terms of office. Do you believe that the public expects far more from its presidents than presidents can deliver? What is the “bully pulpit” and how do presidents use this to advocate for their agendas? Finally, does the American public believe that character matters when you are the president of the United States?
Question 3 (100 points, 600-700 words): We count on the media to inform and educate us on the key policy issues facing our country today. Does the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press place a special obligation on the media to behave responsibly? There’s no question that the media has become an increasingly powerful force in American politics. Is there a corresponding need for new checks on the power of the media? If so, what might these be? Would these limitations be dependent on the type of media that we’re talking about? For example, I’d like you to compare traditional media sources to blogs and independent expression through social media. Finally, is it OK for media sources to be partisan? How can the average citizen differentiate between biased opinion reporting and fact-based news?