The Press and Media Cause Rampant Swaying of the Election Votes through Their Opinions and Reports

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The Press and Media Cause Rampant Swaying of the Election Votes Through Their
Opinions and Reports

     Today, the press and media cause rampant swaying of the vote through their own opinions and reports. People are often misled with half-truths and believable rumors that can aid or ruin an election. Journalists and the newspapers often print things too hastily, without first investigating the truth or at least both sides of a story. Candidates abuse the media, using money as a pass to publicly slander and deface the character of their opposition, his ideals, and even the innocent people related to him. These concepts did not start recently, or even in our century. The press and media's views affected the early
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The new president had to establish his own identity among these men of his own party, and at the same time he was compelled to defend himself as best he could against the virulent Anti-Federalist press, which had simply resumed its campaign against him where it left off with Washington (Brown 1975). After debates on the topic, Adams and the Federalists were for censorship as the Sedition Act called for. William B Giles of Virginia asserted that

     opinion whether founded in truth or error is a property, which every individual      possesses, and which in this country he is at liberty to address to the public      through the medium of the press... It should not be forgotten that in the United
     States the rights of every man and of every society are popular--the rights of
     opinion, or of      thinking and speaking and publishing are sacred.
(Tebbel 1985)

     The Federalists continually lost the following of the people through the press and its opinions of them. Despite the rejection by the general populous, they continued on and passed treason bills, forbidding true freedom of the press and public opinion. Adams and the Federalists were sweeped out of office after one term, leaving with a bad image due to the persistent press.

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