The Political news media is an important part of the American democratic process. Is it an effective and independent watchdog, or a tamed lapdog?

The Political news media is an important part of the American democratic process. Is it an effective and independent watchdog, or a tamed lapdog? Write an essay that answers the question, in which you explain the competing models of the political news media, and analyse the political news media from the perspective of the competing images of democracy in America (pluralist, hyper-pluralist, and elite theory).