Discussion Topic – June 5th, 2015

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    Brenna at CI

    “How do you feel about the liberties of the media in regards to free speech? Are there certain lines they shouldn’t cross, or is everything fair game? How do you ensure that you know all the facts, and not just the biases that are presented to you by the media?”

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    It is important that the media, like any individual citizen, retains its right to freedom of speech. While it is critical that the media continues to have freedom of speech, it is also important that their freedom of speech doesn’t inhibit the freedom of an individual, company, etc. The old phrase, “my right to punch ends where the other man’s nose begins” paints a good picture of this concept. One purpose of the media is the spread of truth and information, but it is best to have the understanding that the media is not absolute truth. To ensure that one knows all of the facts it is good to have several sources. While many sources are helpful in assisting determining facts, at the end of the day there is only one absolute truth, the bible. Anything and everything we believe can be held up and compare to the bible.



    Free speech, as it was meant to be in the constitution, is just that- free. The very purpose of free speech is to maintain the open forum of ideas and innovation that has kept America great for more than two centuries. Indeed, the media is the most effective and essential function of free speech, because it allows ideas from all over the ideological spectrum to reach large sections of the population at once. Drawing “lines” that the media cannot cross in their use of free speech defeats the very purpose of this fundamental right, as drawing a line means there is something you think is just to terrible or abhorrent to say. Free speech means an open forum of ideas, whether the majority likes them or not. That being said, media bias can be overcome by reading the same story from a wide ideological range of sources, and picking out the information that is identical across them all, irregardless of bias.


    Sydney Yazzolino

    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    ― George Washington
    “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
    – Harry S. Truman
    I believe these two quotes encompass my feelings about free speech in regards to the media. It shouldn’t be limited because the media performs an important check on the power of the government because it functions both as the voice of the people to the government and informs the people of the government’s actions. If the government does limit the media’s free speech, then it creates a slippery slope with more and more restrictions until the people no longer have a voice.
    Ensuring you know all the facts takes work on your part to visit more than one news source. If you find several reputable news sources from multiple viewpoints then you should be able to pick out the facts from the biases. That being said, making sure that the news sources visited are creditable and trustworthy is important because you don’t want to get ‘facts’ from a source that might be making them up.

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