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06 December
2017

The
Responsibilities of the Media

Through the First Amendment of the
constitution in the United States, the press is granted the freedom of speech
and through this law, the Congress protects the press against harassment. The
press is granted the freedom of operation and the content they report are not
subject to censorship by the government (Post, 2015). In
relation to this freedom, it is important to consider the role of the press in
a democratic society, the challenges that they face and the role of social
media giants.

            The media in a
democratic society maintains transparency in the government by exposing deeds
that are not right and events, which might affect effective governance. The
media plays the role of communicating the truth to the society. This means that
any event, regardless of its negativity and possible consequences must be
reported without twisting facts. The media is responsible for acting as a
mirror through which the harsh realities of the world are reported to the
society (Graber, &
Dunaway, 2017). The media in a democratic nation
plays the role of protecting human rights. The media present and investigate
details related to human rights violation thereby creating an opportunity
through which human rights organizations can fix the existing problems.

            Still, the media
is important because it ensures that it has educated masses about new
developments around the world. Some of the lessons and discussions in media
platforms are important because they are educative to the consumers. The media
challenge the government and the public and must ensure that there is smooth
running (Graber, &
Dunaway, 2017). The grievances of the public are expressed,
and the media ensure that the government has addressed these challenges and
reports the progress in the resolution programs. The media reviews and examines
the performance of the economy, thereby encouraging and criticizing areas that
need improvements. Generally, the media is a tool for creating and increasing
awareness. It brings the government close to the society, which it serves.

            About the
responsibilities of the media, there are don’t that should be considered as
part of the roles of the media in a democratic society. These are don’t as
follows. The media should not twist the truth, should not be paid to create
news, should not report irresponsible news, avoid foreign ownership, and should
not sideline important facts (Graber, & Dunaway, 2017).

            The American media
while fulfilling its democratic responsibilities face various challenges. Some
of these challenges are related to political interference. The media decisions
are influenced by political who figures who might want to take advantage of their
powers and this leads to omission of important details that would be meaningful
to the consumers
(Graber & Dunaway, 2017). The American
media is affected by the fact that there are aspects of fake news. Among the
DON’Ts of the media, twisting news is not ethical. Security concerns are among
the challenges faced by the American media. Privacy is an area of concern in
America and it prohibits access to private information and property without a
warrant. Still, the major challenge that the media faces today is the challenge
of sources and verifying the online news. Transparency is not evident in some
of the media houses and for this reason; one could argue that they are paid to
make the news. The ethical considerations fail to be part of the media
practices in some of the media houses today (Christians, Fackler, Richardson, Kreshel,
& Woods, 2015). Generally, the media has failed
because it does not report responsibly and some of the expectations from the
media have not yet been met.

            In the last 50 years, one could
argue that the government actions have helped the media because the media is no
longer entitled to any politician or a political party. Instead, the
politicians rely on the media to progress (Parry-GilesShawn, 2015). The media, now an independent body, has freedoms and has had the
opportunity to grow without intimidation by the government. For example, the
freedom of the press enabled it to expose the Pentagon Papers. These were very
sensitive papers that the government could not have wanted to be exposed but
due to the increasing autonomy of the media, the public was able to understand
that the information provided by the government was misleading. The media has
increasingly become autonomous and for this reason, different media houses are
able to uncover different scandals related to the government and other
prominent figures (Parry-GilesShawn,
2015). Therefore, the government’s actions have helped the media to grow
and to become more responsible in the last 50 years.

            The role of social
media giants in a democracy is that they support citizen journalism. Many
people enrolled in these platforms can share their views and discuss different
topics that are affecting the society (Shoemaker & Riccio, 2016). The can discuss politics, economics and other relevant topics that
affect their nation. The social media giants should have the obligation of
ensuring that these platforms are not used for hate messages and that the
topics discussed only rely on genuine sources to avoid cases of fake news or
hate speech that is directed to certain members of the society (Franquet, Gal, Alves, & Martinez, 2015).

 

 

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