Media and Perceptions of Democracy

Media coverage is key in framing debate and public perception of government. Common Cause is dedicated to supporting public policies that enable independent, accessible media to enact broader reform in voting, elections, disclosure, and transparency.

The American media’s failure to provide diverse and unbiased viewpoints undermines the strength of our democracy. Media echo chambers are dividing our electorate and weakening the important exchange of ideas that America was founded upon.

In response, Common Cause Illinois is working to ensure that the media meets their obligations to serve the public by promoting diversity, accessibility, and accountability among media corporations and the government agencies that regulate them. Common Cause envisions an accurate and accountable media at the core of an ideal democracy.

Consequently, Common Cause supports explanatory reporting efforts, which help educate citizens with in-depth reporting. Impartial reporting is essential for citizens to understand their democracy.

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