Journal Entry 3.1: The press in this country was quite different when the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which affords the press some extraordinary protections, was written. McChesney talk about this in the Unit 1 reading. Based on that and your experience, what do you see as the main differences between then and now? Be sure to write at least 250 words for this entry.
Journal Entry 3.2: Some countries, including Britain, have an openly partisan press. NPR did some reports about this and press ideology a couple of years ago. You can read/listen to those from these links:
Do you think such a system would work well in the United States? Why or why not?
Journal Entry 3.3: Recently in class we discussed Sinclair Broadcasting Group and its practices. As we briefly discussed, Sinclair owns or operates close to 200 local TV news stations around the country. The link below to an article in Deadspin includes a script, on the dangers of “fake news,” read by many Sinclair stations across the country last year. It is an example of “must run” content that Sinclair forces its stations to broadcast. View the video via the link below, read the article by Vox packaged with the video, as well as the Seattle Times article linked below about the reaction to Sinclair’s demands by employees at KOMO-TV, a local Sinclair-owned station. Then answer the following:
- What do you think the main issue is here, and why are so many people upset about it?
- What sort of feeling does the video itself create? What word would you use to best describe it? Is this a fair reflection of the issue, in your opinion? Why or why not?