As of 2015 Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iran, China, and Cuba are among the top 10 most censored countries in the world.
What might they have in common?
Saudi Arabia is an absolute Monarchy, while Iran is a Theocracy, the rest are all oppressive Communist regimes.
Get the Point?
For a single Monarch, or party to retain total and absolute control, they must be able to control the media. In the case of a country like Cuba, the media is controlled by the communist party. All internet traffic in Cuba is monitored. People have to flock to public hotspots in order to even get on the internet, if in fact they can afford it, in the first place.
Cuba’s Communist Party recently accused outsiders of taking advantage of greater Internet freedom to “penetrate us and do ideological work for a new conquest.”
In the United States, more and more of our media openly supports the Democrat party. It’s not like Cuba where it’s by force, no they actually choose to take sides. During the current election cycle It’s Trump slamming, all day every day. This isn’t a Trump thing however. If it were Cruz, or any other Republican, it would be the same.
The First Amendment was put there for a reason. The press is supposed to act impartially. They should not, can not, take sides, but we all know they do.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[80
In the United States, we have Co-Equal Branches of Government. The Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch all keep each other in check. This is to ensure that nobody has too much power.
So who keeps all of them in check?
It’s the press!
The press is supposed to be the check and balance. Just sit for a minute and think about how dangerous it would be for the press to be in bed with a single party.
Except you don’t have to sit and imagine it, all you need do is turn on your TV!
The founders thought of everything, EVERYTHING! For it all to work, everyone involved has to do their level best. In the case of the press, it means being fair. It means keeping your personal opinions just that, personal.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
If we keep going down the path that we are headed we will, as Ronald Reagan said:
spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Recently, Donald Trump made a comment. He basically said, that the media should be held accountable. He went on to say, that public figures should have legal recourse. They should be able to defend themselves from a bias, or unjust media.
Obviously, when he said that, a lot of people went bat-$h1t crazy. If we are being honest, most of the liberal media sits waiting with bated breath, for him to say something that they can be “offended” by. The other half sits around waiting for him to say something that they can twist, and use against him. I am sure Hillary is very grateful for their support.
But wait a minute…
1.The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.
noun: libel; plural noun: libels
1. a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.
Seems cut and dry right?
Well the 1964 Supreme Court ruling New York Times V. Sullivan changed the precedent on these types of cases. Basically, for a public figure to bring one of these suits, you have to be able to prove actual malice.
Actual malice means you must prove that the person doing the defaming, either knew they were lying, or that they exercised reckless disregard for the truth. This is a much higher bar then what a private person has to prove.
Taking all that into consideration, Trump might have a point right?
The press is supposed to be fair, and act like a check and balance to government. Freedom of the Press gives them the rightful power to do so, but who keeps them in check?
I am no lawyer, however, I am sure our great legal minds could come up with something that maintains our freedoms under the First Amendment.