The Government And The Media

2441 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
Information introduced to the public is the key to a successful possession of any political leadership position. Those who control the information flow control the collective minds of the people. They control how much the public knows and, ultimately, how the public feels. The struggle for power through information in a democratic system mentioned before is a battle waged by two major contenders: the government and the media. Mass media can be defined as venues for messages that are created for consumption by a large number of audience members willing to listen. The media though out history has shown how each improved source of mass media output has changed the political ideas of the public. Democracy and media over the years have worked together for both the growth of candidates and the chaos of campaigns. The free speech and free press clauses given to us through the First Amendment to the United States Constitution have been interpreted as providing the same protection to speakers as to writers, except for wireless broadcasting which has been given less constitutional protection. The Free Press Clause protects the right of individuals to express themselves through publication and dissemination of information, ideas and opinions without interference, constraint or prosecution by the government. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates though laws to protect against libel, slander, and obscenity media behavior and the judiciary imposes limitations as…
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