posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 11:51 AM
I proposed this idea a while back and the big reaction i got was it would inhibit freedom of speech. While i am a free speech advocator, i am failing
to see the issue in this.
Here's my concern:
One of the biggest issues we have in our country right now is with our media. What used to be straight facts has turned into nothing but biased
opinion and finger pointing. The majority of our news is nothing but extreme left and right wing commentary, with very little facts being reported
The issue is people see these commentary shows on news networks and think "well he/she said it on the news so it must be true!" Much of what is truly
going on in our country is so engulfed in opinion that people really dont know who or what to believe anymore.
Now im not saying we need to pull all commentary shows off the news, and that obviously will never happen because ratings are the new tv god.
All I am suggesting is at the very least, there needs to be some form of disclaimer at the beginning these commentary shows that tell people "this is
opinion, not facts" .
This is not prohibiting free speech, they can still say what ever they want, but the average citizen needs that distinction.
There is a reason libraries separate fact from fiction on their shelves...if they didn't people would take everything as hard facts when that
obviously isn't the case.
Should this not hold true for those providing us with vital information on what is going on in our world?
edit on 14-12-2012 by mutatismutandis because: (no reason given)