The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction; this right encompasses freedom from prior restraints on publication and freedom from Censorship.
As I’m observing our country today, IMO the press has become as much of a political weapon as it is a source of honest news. The term “honest” as I’m using it is where the article does not have any intentional lies, half truths, misrepresentations or intentional distortions. What “we” are observing today are the many different mediums outright lying, providing distorted pictures and videos that portray something other than the truth. This isn’t a one-sided issue either. It’s both sides of the aisle manipulating their base with intentional lies and distortions. My question is, do you believe the 1st Amendment should be revisited?
Generally, the First Amendment prohibits prior restraint, that is, restraint on a publication before it is published. In a landmark decision in near v. minnesota, 283 U.S. 697, 51 S. Ct. 625, 75 L. Ed. 1357 (1931), the Court held that the government could not prohibit the publication of a newspaper for carrying stories that were scandalous or scurrilous. The Court identified three types of publications against which a prior restraint might be valid: those that pose a threat to national security, those that contain obscene materials, and those that advocate violence or the overthrow of the government.
Are we witnessing the media advocating violence? Have many news sources crossed that line? If so, what is the remedy? I admit that I’m ignorant in this area and am looking answers to what I believe is a growing problem that is really threatening our country right now. What say you?