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Freedom of speech and the Corporate Media (1 Viewer)


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Is freedom of speech and the press an absolute? Not in acrowded theater. What about advertising foods. How about cigarettes? Alcohol,medicines, and anything else that may require warning labels. Does falseadvertising qualify as free speech, or is it, false advertising?

Are regulated markets still free markets? Some would saythat free markets are corrupt, and some regulation is necessary. Some liberals believein regulation and that capitalism is corrupt. Maybe most liberals that call forregulation believe this way.

Now we have an important issue. Media companies are nowgiant corporations. They are for profit organizations. Then, do they need to beregulated or does that violate the First Amendment? This is a quandary. Doesregulation infringe upon freedom? What are the repercussions of a yes or noanswer?

If a corporation sells a good, like food, drugs, alcohol or cigarettes,is regulation ok if the product may be harmful? If a corporation proffersinformation, that may be false or harmful, should a warning label be attached? Forexample, if a corporate press agency, offers opinion that is not validated orsubstantiated, is it news or is it slander, or deliberate misinformation?Perhaps, it is just opinion offered as news. But is it really news, and if itis not, is it really the press?

What if, corporate media was forced to include ingredients. Wherethe opinion was developed, who wrote the talking points, what data was reliedupon to draw conclusions, is there credible opposition data? Say we just requireda bibliography for information delivered as news. Every student must citesources, why not corporate media?

How about, who pays the pundits and how much? We requirethis for elected officials, why not for partisan press operations. Does thepress have greater liberty than elected officials when they act in a partisanfashion? If so why?

Is it time for corporate media to be required to applywarning labels to be attached to their talking points. Which interests do theyrepresent? In a court of law each side must define who they represent. Counselsays on behalf of. Why not the press?

Yes, we have the right-wing press and the left-wing press.Should both sides be required to demonstrate their bias? If politicians mustmake financial disclosures, why not the press? If politicians must listcontributors, why not the corporate media?

Should the press have to disclose political financialcontributions like every other entity? Or, is the press a special status ofcorporation like a church. In a nation established for equal justice, why isthe press exempt? Is the first amendment a law unto itself? What regulation of corporationsis acceptable to you? Or, is freedom of the information market, a right tomislead, fraudulently misrepresent, and do so with impunity?
that is a remarkably ambiguous statement, could you clarify or are you really an Aggie.

Indeed it is, no I can't and no I'm not.

Were you, perhaps, having some difficulty in deciding which of your many (20?) OP questions that response may have addressed?
Indeed it is, no I can't and no I'm not.

Were you, perhaps, having some difficulty in deciding which of your many (20?) OP questions that response may have addressed?

most longhorns are able to reply to complicated issues, most aggies are not, I think you may be an aggie.

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