What are some examples of media events that have positively and/or negatively influenced the public’s opinion of a government agency?

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There are many media events throughout history that have focused on government failings and successes. A particular media-wide angle on such an event can greatly influence the public’s perception of that event.

One place to begin your more in-depth research is at Ruby Ridge. Ruby Ridge is the site of a standoff between the Weaver family at their remote Idaho residence and federal agents from the FBI and US Marshals Service. The standoff began as a final attempt to issue an arrest warrant against Randy Weaver for making and possessing illegal weapons. All prior attempts to have Randy Weaver peacefully surrender failed as he maintained that he would remain at his home and resist arrest. Over the course of the 10-day standoff,...

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