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Throughout the history of the United States of America the Constitution has always been put to the test The first amendment which guarantees freedom of speech and the press comes from William Blackstone of England who wrote The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state but this consists in laying no previous restraint upon publications and not from censure when published qtd in Bain par 22 The founders of this great country originally created the first amendment to enable colonists to speak out against the British The press in the 17th century was accurate and informative with little competition among journalists but today in the 21st century the circumstances are different and the stakes are higher Due to incredibly high amount of competition among journalists today the information is usually exaggerated a lie or slanderous in order to capture a viewing audienceThe media is everywhere one turns A person can find the media in various forms such as television radio magazines and newspapers In the process of capturing ratings who is the media hurting more Is it people who are accused of a crime such as O J Simpson or is it the American publics stupidity for believing everything they hear Limitations greatly need to be placed upon the first amendment of the United States Constitution in regard to freedom of the press because presently the media is doing more harm than goodElection 2000 is the most recent example of media jumping the gun and causing mass chaos On November 7 the media gave the state of Florida which contains twenty-five electoral votes in the Electoral College to the candidate Al Gore without all of the voting poles being closed Most of voting poles still open were from republican counties After an hour the media took the state of Florida from Gore and gave it to the other candidate George W Bush By the end
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