The Media and Its Responsibilities Essays

1688 Words Feb 6th, 2012 7 Pages
The constitution gives us the freedom of speech in our country. However, we must

keep in mind that exercising these liberties includes duties and responsibilities. The

media is an integral part of everyday life and has become a leading player and influence of

our society and it have an outcome on our nations’ future, viewpoint, and the globe’s view of

us. The media are responsible for mainstream America ideals and the familiarity of the

image based on the impact from the media. The media are fundamental of social influence

and political decisions.

The media have turned the average person on reality television into an international

star. Sensationalism is in newspapers, on televisions, in magazines, or
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All that is perilous, immoral or

incorrect takes precedence has a prominent place, especially in those papers that are mainly sold

from newsstands. Media pays thousands of dollars to gather the dirt for up-to-the-minute

scandal on the front page every day in order to sell papers.

The media's momentous spotlight is high-profile crimes coverage. Crime and victimization

should include more privacy. Crime reporting is at an all time high being biased. The media have

a tendency to take a stance of guilt before a verdict is rendered. The D.A. and law enforcement

seek publicity. The judge can be influenced by the trial, For instance, the Casey Anthony murder

case and the murder trial of O.J. Simpson created a new market for courtroom drama influence,

both positive and negative.


Nowadays there can be repercussions for moral breach. Today 75% of endorsement

contracts contain a moral clause that allows companies to exit without penalty in the

event of an incident by the celebrity that substantially damages the company's reputation. Often

the "incident" is limited to criminal activity and previously it was not uncommon for the

legal language within the clause to even mandate that an actual conviction of a crime be

present before the deal is terminated.

The truth is out there
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