Argumentative Essay On The Negative Media

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The Negative Media “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses” (X). The Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press clauses in the First Amendment of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights protects citizens’ rights to obtain and publish information and their opinions. This is done without any government censorship or fear of punishment. Censorship is when the government examines publication and prohibits offensive material from being published and distributed (Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press). This freedom applies to all types of printed, electronic, and broadcasted material in the United States. While this is great for a majority of Americans, this freedom has its consequences. With fake news and constant discrimination, the media and the freedom of the press bears a negative effect on today’s society. Fake news has become more common and has slowly increased in frequency in America over the past years. There is great difficulty in differentiating fake news from real news. The article Fake News explains, “Into the twenty-first century, the Internet and online social media have made it easier to spread misinformation, making it difficult to discern real news from fake news” (Fake News). More and more people rely on websites and social media for news sources, rather than professionally reported news sources.
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