This “article” are various interviews by various sources over the topic of watch dogs on the government. One in particular is very short but very concise, this person expresses a clear opinion on the topic that says “We actually believe the press plays a valuable role for the American people and is a fundamental aspect of our democracy. Without the media, the American people won't have the type of information they need to hold their leaders to account.” The writer of this is piece is by Dan Barrett explains that the press holds the government officials accountables for their actions. Another writer states that the government doesn’t like to be questioned and that’s exactly what the press does, the person who wrote this was Ken Auletta, a famous author and writer, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Post. He criticizes normal american life but in this case gives his opinion on the base of freedom of press by arguing that it’s necessary to keep the government accountable by constantly questioning them but doesn’t specifically say why it’s important to keep questioning them and unlike the previous opinion, it’s not as concise and does not go straight to the point. Nevertheless, he expresses the importance of the press and it’s role on the government.
The article written by Kendall Grove states that the freedom of press in the United States is declining these years compared to previous years. She explains that ever since Trump came into office, the press has been receiving constant attacks from him and his administration and that in itself downgrades the media's power. Trump’s attack on the media cause the public to be blind since he’s removing watchdogs and excluding journalist. She states that Trump is to blame for the lack of power the press has been receiving and expresses that the actions he’s committing are not constitutional. Since Kendall feels that more power should be given to the press and to the people in general, making her seem like a liberal for supporting power to the people. Also, since she dislikes the fact that Trump is neglecting the press and removing watchdogs,which monitor certain parts of the government, Kendall can be considered as someone who supports the act of keeping the government in check for any actions that might be seen as illegal or just plain wrong and reporting those same actions to the public no matter if the government approves of the information or not.
This article states the freedom of press is drastically declining around the world. CNN, a partisan biased news source, describes that this threatens the freedom of the media as a whole since the basis of their rights are being attacked on a global scale.Since CNN is considered to be a biased new source, of course they would have an opinion on the matter they’re talking about. In this particular article, CNN takes a more liberal side by taking the side of the press and stating that their influence and power is being limited around the globe. Also take into consideration that they’re an American based new source, their thought and opinions will have similar arguments to that of US citizens. Again, the author of the article does not give a specific opinion on the matter but the news source she’s writing does by agreeing with the general public
This article describes the opinions of many Democrats and Republicans have on the Freedom of Press. 36% of Republicans believe that the amount of freedom the press have does more harm than good and 13% of Democrats feel the same way. Since Republicans are conservative, they might not like the growing amount of power the press have gained over the decades and would of course would opposes them. Trump specifically has been said that he distrust the media because of the backlash he’s been facing from them ever since his presidency. The author, Rebecca Savransky article does not portray a clear opinion over the matter and completely stays unbiased but the news source it self is said to be conservative so the the news expressed could have been in some agreement with the growing dislike for the the media felt by many Republicans and some Democrats
This article, written and published by the Guardian, expresses Alan Rusbridger's opinions which believe that the press is almost like the 4th Branch in government explaining that just like the other three branches of the government, the press keeps them in check and hold them accountable for their actions. But argues that the press don’t have the same sense of responsibility that the government has, they are not bound to anything or to anyone and could speak under no restrictions. Alan explains that this lack of responsibility if what makes the press so powerful because have no fear in causing an uproar in the community or even criticize someone, the press has a power that no other form of government has. Alan clearly expresses that the press and its role is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Since Alan lives or wrote this article in the UK, which have close to the same policies regarding freedom of press as the US, his opinion might be the same as US citizens describing the importance of the press.