The Media and Democracy
On Friday, April 12th, my boyfriend and I attended a live taping of The View, a morning talk show that airs weekdays on ABC. The show centers on five women as they gather around a table talking about the latest news in the headlines or of topics that they find would be interesting to talk about in front of a live studio audience and home viewers as they give their genuine opinions about the subject. A while ago, the show aired a behind the scenes clip of what goes on in the day to day preparations to put on a show Monday through Friday. When the five ladies gather in the hair and make-up room every morning, they decide as a group, along with the show’s producers, on which stories and topics they will be discussing that day. The show is not necessarily considered a News show but they do decide which news to talk about on the show. This got me to thinking about how we briefly touched upon the fact that actual News Shows pick and choose the stories they cover, often omitting stories that the viewing public may have seen as important and relevant. These include stories about our government. We live in a democratic nation where the government must act in the best interest of the American people. Our public and elected officials are accountable for their actions when they do not act in the best interest of the citizens of this country. However, often times, we find that their are some stories that the media and the news do not cover. Is it because the government is not allowing them to cover such stories? If so, it is completely detrimental to our status as a true Democratic Country; when our government decides to withhold information from this country’s citizens. If this is indeed the case, what should we, as the American people, do to change this unfortunate occurrence so that we can strengthen and enforce the democratic status and morals of this country?