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AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS “JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE” In 1999, network television producer Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of California Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, was asked to cover the George W. Bush campaign for NBC. This documentary is a video diary of the 18 months she spent with then presidential candidate GWB and the press corps. DIRECTIONS: Your assignment is to answer 8 of the 10 FRQs. Answer each item completely, as if they were test FRQs. WRITE THE QUESTION PRIOR TO THE ANSWER. ABESENT FOR PARTS? If you miss any portion of the movie, you may watch the video on YouTube. 1. Explain why a presidential campaign is called "the longest campaign.” Based on evidence from the movie, do you believe reforms should be made to the primary and caucus calendar to shorten presidential campaigns? What effect might that have? 2. Define the job of a FINANCE CHAIRPERSON, POLLSTER, and COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. Identify an example from the movie of each one’s influence on the George W. Bush campaign. 3. Explain the difference between SOFT and HARD MONEY. What was the role of fundraising in the itinerary of the campaign? 4. Define the concept of MEDIA ACCESS. In your opinion, do you think the public had the right to see this movie prior to the 2000 election? Explain. 5. Define POLITICAL CONSULTANT. If you were George W. Bush’s political consultant, would you have released this movie prior to the 2000 election? Explain why or why not. 6. Define MEDIA BIAS. Describe evidence of bias – for or against – from the documentarian Alexandra Pelosi. 7. What is it meant to be in the “presidential bubble?” How did being in the bubble effect the reporting of the journalists? Cite TWO examples of SOUND BITE JOURNLAISM in your answer. 8. Define the concept of YELLOW JOURNALISM. In your opinion, was the story from the Dallas Morning News reporter at the end of the movie an example of yellow journalism or investigative journalism? Explain. 9. The 2000 election came prior to the rise of the blogosphere, Facebook and Twitter. How might have these new technologies helped or hindered the ability of the George W. Bush campaign to MANAGE NEWS? 10. Explain whether your impression of presidential campaigning and the media have changed for the better or worse by watching this movie. Use specifics from the movie to justify your answer.