The Freedom Of Speech And Freedom Of The Media

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“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 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 slowly increase aging in frequency in America over the past years. Fake news is difficult to tell and differentiate 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”). With the term of the century, people are relying on websites and social media for news sources, rather than professionally reported news sources. Professionally reported news sources include newspapers, certain magazines, television news stations, and other reliable news sources. Some fake news sources are made to look professional in order to trick people into thinking they are reliable news sources. Again, the article “Fake News” describes “The Onion is a satirical media publication that presents made-up ‘news’ as entertainment” (“Fake News”). The Onion is a common news source that looks like a reliable news source, but is made of completely fake stories and news articles. The source is supposed to be used as a source of entertainment, but people who do not know this, might think what is written is true. In fact, Gottfried and Sheare assess “A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get
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