reply to post by angrysniper
Firstly, good topic about an issue facing us all, along with a unique way to state it! S&F
Secondly, common sense is not all that common.
I believe we do need to do something, but amending our constitution to place restrictions upon the first amendment should not be done. It would
ultimately be construed to impose those same restrictions upon all forms of media we currently enjoy. ATS included.
Our founding fathers knew that without this freedom, we would be silenced and left in the dark from all forms knowledge of truth. Certainly, there are
those irresponsible reporters who waste their talents to collect a paycheck and are more than willing to do so. If the restrictions were to be placed
upon the corporations and owners of those media outlets, preventing them from controlling the type of media we see, it might all change for the
better. Real journalists and reporters would have more abilities to report the news in ways which actually explain the facts known instead of being
silenced by corporate rule and decision making policies.
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have." -- Richard Salant, the former President of CBS News.
This ability to decide the what, how, who, when and where of our news, needs to stop. This change, should produce a healthy environment where real
reporting could occur. Also, having an informed populace needs to become the norm, rather than the exception.
Placing a waiting period on news, or a background check is simply more control against the dissemination of information and contradicts the first
amendment completely. Yes, our forefathers had no idea we would reach such technological advancements, but restricting the reporting of information to
specific time intervals or making information available to those who are capable of passing a background check would evolve into a system; where
specific information is once again only made available to a select few.
It is our responsibility as parents to police our own. Our children are, or they should be, a direct reflection of our daily input. It is a topic for
another thread, but surmise to say, that without our own vigilance, our children will inevitably do as they please. They are children and must be
guided with a steady hand and warm heart.
Our media outlets have devolved from their intended purpose of keeping the populace abreast of the world around them, to the greatest form of social
engineering experiment used for control. So, while I believe change must occur to free our current system of expression from the chains of the few
into the hands of reporters and journalists, amending our constitution by placing restrictions is not the way.
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