The power of the Media

In the day and time we live in it is easier than ever to access news down to the second it happens. A news story breaks and it is on every news channel, social media site, and link we have. It comes through on our phones, tablets, watches, radio, television and any other device we have. It used to take hours to days to get information that we now get in seconds. The freedom of press is a huge part of our daily lives. We have to have this freedom to uphold the values of the great USA. People have served and died for years to keep this and many other freedoms. This is what makes this country special. There cannot be any state oversight to ensure this right of the people. The sad thing is this can also be a wolf in sheep clothing. As freedom of the press is a necessity for our way of life it can be tweaked or bent just enough to cause great pain and suffering. It can be bent to sway peoples thoughts and beliefs one way or the other. It has contaminated peoples views of things in a way that it can not be reversed. The one freedom that a person is born with no matter what country they live in is their opinion.  The media is sneaky like a snake, putting just enough info out to sway you the way they want. It can be based on fact but twisted so you think the way they want you to. A persons life can be ruined by a news break twisted just enough to tarnish this individuals name. No matter what they do they want escape this cloud over their name. A story can break about an important businessman twisted just enough for money gain and make him or break him. Let’s look at the agriculture industry for example. There can be an ecoli outbreak in a small meat locker in the middle of rural America that honestly doesn’t affect ten people and on a slow news day it gets published on a 6:00 news program.  The effect is huge. We stop buying meat. We throw out our refrigerator left overs. We tell our children not to eat their chicken nuggets at school. We swear to be vegetarians. We disinfect the kitchen, stop buying our groceries at the local store and start buying three times the cost organic. Suddenly the price of meat drops across all of America. Meat producers sell their livestock at a reduced price resulting in unpaid payments and a real hardship that could last for months to years. All of this over a problem that affected ten people. This is the power of the media. We have got to have it but can to much of a good thing become a bad thing?

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