Why is a free press essential to democracy?

If there were no free press, how would you get your information? If you couldn’t trust the information, what effect would that have on your political attitudes? Can we maintain a democracy when most Americans pay little attention to political events?

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  • 9 years ago
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    In a democracy The People run the government. We govern ourselves. Well, how can people vote wisely if they don't know what's going on? The media act as an MIS, a Management Information System, providing the knowledge, facts, understanding, etc. that people need to vote wisely. It's also required to have a high literacy rate, so people can -read- the press.

    Without this, it's just a matter of who lies the loudest. Or who tells the most attractive lie.

    People who have been around a few years can see that in recent years the media have really gone downhill, they are not doing the job we empowered them to do. Something like 25% of Americans get ALL their news from a partisan source, and they are so badly informed that often they don't even understand there is another side to the story.

  • 9 years ago

    1. Free press is essential because he who controls the media controls the masses. If the information is being manipulated then we are being manipulated.

    2.Maintaining a democracy while Americans pay little attention to politics is kind of an oxymoron. If the people want nothing to do with the government then its impossible to have a government ruled by the people.

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