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5 - State of the Union 2018
Posted 1/29/2018 at 2:38:40 PM by Ryan Pubentz [staff member]
 

After watching the State of the Union do you believe the President addressed the most important issues in America?

If you believe the President addressed the most important issues:

Select one issue the President chose to speak about and explain why this is an important issue in the U.S. Please cite examples from the state of the union speech and/or outside sources to support your argument.

If you believe there as an issue that was not addressed but should have been:

Select one issue the President did not speak about and explain why this is an important issue in the U.S. Please cite evidence from outside sources to support your argument.

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SOTU Blog
Posted 2/6/2018 at 12:26:24 PM by [anonymous visitor]
President Trump’s first state of the union speech was one of the longest ever delivered. In his hour and twenty minutes of speaking, Trump managed to acknowledge a wide array of topics. He spoke about decreasing unemployment, increasing wages, tax reform, immigration reform, bolstering the nuclear arsenal, foreign aid, and “a newfound era of American optimism”, among other things. Although Trump addressed this sweeping range of subjects, he seemed to gloss over most of them, saying “we will improve on issue x” but never really mentioning how. Most of his claims were unjustified and felt like they were pulled out of thin air. FactCheck.org scrutinized Trump’s speech and showed how his statements were not explicitly wrong, but can be very misleading. For example, Trump was not wrong in saying that African American and Hispanic unemployment are at an all time low. It’s important to note, however, that these rates have been steadily declining for the past seven years, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Similarly, wages that have reached an all time high have been steadily increasing since the 1990’s. Trump’s only claim that I found explicitly wrong and foolish was saying that America is more united than ever before and that we’ve entered an era of new American optimism. It’s difficult to find statistics on “the political unity of America”, but the icy look on the democrats’ faces during the president’s speech says it all. While the Republicans smiled ear to ear, clapping and cheering, the democrats sat silently with pursed lips, positively brimming with irritation. Even when Trump announced his plans to naturalize millions of illegal immigrant children, a very democratic political move, the left was unmoved. Warranted or unwarranted, this shows the complete and total lack of trust that at least half of the nation has to our current president. This division is as obvious in everyday life as it was on the House floor. Differing ideologies creating rifts in families and friendships, massive protests all over the place. If anything our nation is more divided than it has ever been. Eventually, we will have to come together in order to progress as a nation, but for now claiming that we are a nation united is just counterproductive. -PY
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/5/2018 at 12:26:13 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was one anticipated by many. During his address, he mentioned many of his successes in office and his “works-in-progress.” One of the bigger issues he addressed in the very beginning of his speech was the reduction of tax cuts and reforms. Trump states that he promised the American people the cuts 11 months ago from the very same podium that he stood at during the address, and he managed to then keep that promise. He announces, “To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. Now, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit. A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 -- slashing their tax bill in half.” Not only this, but he goes on to say, “We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year -- forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare -- the individual mandate is now gone. We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.” This may be one of the most important issues stated during his speech because this issue was one that many Americans have been affected by for a long time, mainly middle-class Americans and small businesses. Along with this being one of the most important issues addressed, it was also one of the most important issues that the President was successfully able to handle. -AG
SotU blog
Posted 2/5/2018 at 12:26:06 PM by [anonymous visitor]
When assessing the current state of the union, the most important issue that stood out to me was healthcare. In the President’s speech, he points out some aspects of health care but does not address what I believe to be most important, whether or not he continues to pursue the repeal of the Affordable Care Act instituted in the former administration. When campaigning, Trump said ‘“Someone said what’s the first thing you’re going to do? Well we’re going to work immediately on repealing Obamacare.’ [Sioux City, IA, 10/27/15]” This was sourced from an article by ThinkProgress who referenced 68 instances where he stated his intention to repeal it. This issue is important because he has perpetuated this goal throughout his campaign and into his first real of his Presidency. He repeatedly refers to the ACA or “Obamacare” as a “disaster” and that it must be replaced by something “much better, much much better” but after hitting the roadblocks in the Senate, moved on to more scandalous news by late March of 2017. Not only this, but I and about 16.9 million others are insured by the ACA and attempts to repeal and replace or even adjust it could have extreme impact on our lives. Despite all of the this, the most important reason this issue should have been discussed is because the welfare of the people is the framework that the administration should be assessing the “State of the Union.” It is the purpose of the speech to inform Congress on where that welfare has come into jeopardy as well as where it is flourishing. By ignoring the millions of newly insured Americans throughout his Presidency as well as ignoring the flaws in the coverage stands against his platform as well as the overall State of the Union.~SS
SOTU 2018
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:57 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I do believe trump addressed the most important issues the country is facing, with an obvious emphasis on what he thought were the most important issues. One issue was North Korea. North Korea is important because they pose an imminent threat to national security, through increased threats and missile tests that defy the demands of major nations. The success of these tests and the increased frequency, along with the increased tension and threatening remarks has proven that North Korea can no longer be ignored. Trump communicated this by bringing in both a defector, and the family of Otto, who was killed by the regime. He Did this to humanize the evil of North Korea and put in the heads of Americans how dangerous the regime is to not only us, but the international community. mg
State of the Union
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:45 PM by [anonymous visitor]
The President of the United States has the responsibility to “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union” and “recommend such measures” he judges as necessary (Constitution: Article II, Section 3, Clause I). Each January the President addresses Congress and the American people through a State of the Union, informing the administration’s view of the state of the nation and the President’s legislative agenda. The President reports a budget message and economic report of the nation and additional issues such as healthcare, immigration, and jobs while rallying the American people and providing insight to the future. On January 30th, President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union in which he spoke about the crucial issue of immigration. Immigration is an important issue because it poses security threats to Americans, increases the amount of illegal drugs in America, posing a health threat to our nation’s children, and takes away jobs from American citizens. President Trump began his immigration section with the line “Americans are dreamers, too,” alluding that Congress, Democrats and Republicans united, shall rally behind American dreams and vote on an immigration reform to protect every citizen of every background. Trump declared that the interests of all Americans, especially those of struggling, immigrant communities, will be assisted by new immigration policies. Prior to revealing his immigration plan, Trump professed several, important negatives which border immigration has on America. First, Trump illustrated the large security threat that illegal immigration has on the American people. Immigration has caused a large loss of American lives as a result of violence perpetrated by illegal immigrants. For example, Trump introduced the parents of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, two girls who were murdered on the streets near Long Island by members of the MS-13 gang, a gang made of many illegal, alien minors. In the spring of 2017, a CBS article illustrated the risk illegal drugs have to teenagers, adults, and the large amount of drug overdoses in Cleveland, Ohio in an article titled “Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under 50.” As a response to the deadly American drug epidemic, Trump declared that the increase of immigration has enlarged the amount of illegal drugs in American communities, stating that “open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities.” In 2016, America lost 64,000 of its citizens to drug overdoses; however, Trump argued that this number can be significantly lessened with a new immigration reform, cracking down on drug dealers and halting the rising death toll of Americans to drugs. Third, Trump announces how immigration has allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Brian Stauffer of POLITICO explains the cause-effect relationship of immigration on the salaries of American workers, “When the supply of workers goes up, the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down.” With every 10 percent increase in the number of workers in a specific area, the wage that the group earns decreases by 3 percent (Stauffer). Trump strives to rally for the American people and bring beneficial reform to immigration. After professing the issues of immigration, Trump calls on Congress to “close the deadly loopholes” which have allowed illegal immigrants and criminal gangs to rob the right of safety from Americans and their families. Democrats and Republicans have discussed new immigration legislation yet, only with compromise and negotiation between both parties will this infectious disease be eliminated. Trump pushes for new legislation by informing how the border control and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have sent thousands of MS-13 members out of America and into prisons, including arresting nearly 400 gang members in Long Island alone. Trump explained the four crucial pillars to his immigration reform plan. The first pillar allows those who “meet education and work requirements” and “show good moral character” to become full citizens of the United States for 12 years. The second pillar strengthens American borders, requiring the construction of a wall on the Southern border to limit and stop illegal immigrants from traveling to America. The third and fourth pillar provides increased immigration rules, a visa to those “who are skilled, want to work, and will contribute to society” and ends chain migration, a system in which a single immigrant may bring unlimited amount of relatives. Recognizing the importance of the issue of immigration, President Trump crafts the four pillar system to ensure a safe and lawful immigration system. President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union in which he spoke about the crucial issue of immigration and its effects on the American society. Immigration is an important issue in that it poses security threats to Americans, increases the amount of illegal drugs in America, and takes away jobs from American people.With the goal of passing a new immigration legislation, President Trump wants to allow Americans to achieve their goals and dreams without the threat of illegal immigrants and their negative effects. S.B
J.C.
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:37 PM by [anonymous visitor]
In my personal experience, I have found that before one can help others, one must be of help to him or herself first. However, solving domestic issues can be halted by more alarming and pressing issues, such as foreign relations and most characteristically, terrorism. President Trump certainly touched on topics related to the U.S.’s military presence and involvement, especially regarding North Korea and the country’s possession of nuclear arms. He mentions the University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who “was arrested and charged with crimes against the state,” and “after a shameful trial, the (Korean) dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June -- horribly injured and on the verge of death” (CNN Politics SOU Script). Trump claims that he “will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position,” saying that “past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation.” To further emphasize the cruelty of North Korea even to its own citizens, the President brought up Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector. Seong-ho had been of a victim of the poverty that North Korea constantly euphemizes, even losing his legs to a train after collapsing onto railroad tracks from exhaustion and hunger. Furthermore, he was tortured by the North Korean authorities for meeting Christians on a trip to China, and his experiences had a drastic impact on his family. All of this brings the truth about North Korea to light in hopes that the problem can be solved. It is with all intentions that the world becomes a safer place for everyone, especially Americans.
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:27 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Trump’s State of the Union address covered a wide variety of topics that have faced our nation. However, there were still some topics that he did not fully acknowledge or even mention, one of them being the topic of net neutrality. The possibility of a repeal sparked national outrage and lead to multiple protests as well as petitions. Finally, on December 14th, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality although it is yet to be decided on officially by Congress. In a world where we are becoming increasingly more reliant on technology and the internet, it is important that our president update us on changes regarding that matter-especially one that had reached such a large national status. Even after the issue had reached nationwide coverage, there was and still is a lot of speculation and debate about the extent of net neutrality and how much it will truly affect us if set in motion. This is why it’s extremely critical that someone with the outreach that the US president has, use it to clarify issues to the public. Even if he does not have much new information or updates regarding the matter, I believe he still should have at least acknowledged it in the speech since it was such a heavily debated topic.-RO
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:20 PM by [anonymous visitor]
President Donald Trump has had a rough start to his presidency, in my opinion. President Trump has found himself with the lowest approval rating out of any president at the one year mark. Not only that, but the legitimacy of his winning the presidency is in question. Rumors of a scandal and collusion with Russia has plagued the headlines for the entire year. These rumors have progressed to an official investigation being held against our President. The seriousness of this situation, coupled with the timing of president Trump’s first State of the Union address, makes me absolutely blown away that the president did not mention his own investigation. A US President that is possibly being influenced by a foreign government is bad enough, the fact that it’s Russia, a country with a messy history with the US just makes it worse. The possibility that Russia has had anything to do with a US election or the current decisions of our sitting President should absolutely be our number one concern. However, when Donald Trump has the eyes and ears of the entire nation, he chooses to talk about a boy who put flags on graves. I understand respecting our veterans is important, but treason by the commander in chief comes a little farther up on my list of concerns. Also I understand there are a lot of topics to cover, there’s the economy, the DACA recipients, and several other things that need to be addressed, but the address lasted an hour and twenty minutes, and it seemed like most of it was clapping, I’m positive he could've done the American people the basic courtesy of saying, “Hey also, in case you were wondering, I did not collude with Russia or anything” and hopefully some proof to back it up. That's all I wanted, and I’m sure that would have scored him some approval points back from those that are already calling our under-investigation- President guilty. JM
State of Union Reaction
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:13 PM by [anonymous visitor]
While I don't particularly support President Trump, I believe that he addressed many topics throughout the state of union pretty well. He spoke of strong economic growth over the past year since he's been president and also how the stock market has broken records in the past year. Whether or not that's aftermath of Obama or the works of Trump I thought it was an important thing to talk about. I think it’s important to speak about this as the economy was in really bad shape around 10 years ago. Trump also spoke on the topic of the American Dream and called out a few people who are part of the dream. I think the dream is a sign of hope for the american people and immigrants around the world so it’s important that the president himself shines light on it and gives people hope to live better lives. Mr. Trump also spoke of a North Korean defector who defected and praised him for building himself up after defecting from the brutal regime. I think this also brings hope to people who are struggling with their situation. A part of the speech I wasn’t a fan of was when he mentioned how immigrants relatives are trying to enter the country and how it was bad. I think there is a lot more to the situation than Trump stated and he could have at least elaborated a little bit on the issue. Trump didn’t really bring up the Russia accusations that were brought up against him in the past year. I think this is kind of important to talk about but at least if something does end up happening he didn’t dig himself into a hole like Nixon did. I also feel like Trump didn’t speak much about our situation with the military and where we are at with certain conflicts with the world, according to boston.com he seemed focused on “international affairs, Trump warned of the dangers from ‘‘rogue regimes,’’ like Iran and North Korea”. - KK
State of the Union Blog
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:25:05 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe one important issue that president Donald Trump addressed during his State of the Union was the opioid epidemic. I believe this is an important issues because of the huge number of people dying from opioids in America, these are american citizens that are losing their lives. “We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge,” Trump said. “My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need, for those who have been so terribly hurt. The struggle will be long and it will be difficult ? but, as Americans always do, in the end, we will succeed, we will prevail.” Trump only briefly mentioned the epidemic, 49 seconds specifically but this was an important topic to be sure to mention because as the huffington post wrote, “Ohio’s overdose deaths spiked in 2017, rising by 41 percent between May 2016 and May 2017. Drug overdoses claimed roughly 64,000 lives in the United States in 2016, with the vast majority related to opioids, helping to drive the average American life expectancy down in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1960s.” Trump didn't give a specific plan to stop or change the epidemic which I believe is disappointing but was pleased that he gave any time to it. But issues that he could have mentioned surrounding this epidemic are the use of narcan to save the lives of those overdosing on heroin as well as those who abuse the use of their prescription drugs. Heroin is illegal and hard to control but as drugabuse.gov wrote, “Naloxone that can be used by nonmedical personnel has been shown to be cost-effective and save lives. In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a naloxone hand-held auto-injector called Evzio, which rapidly delivers a single dose of naloxone into the muscle or under the skin, buying time until medical assistance can arrive.” Although narcan saves lives not all people receive medical attention after using it and therefore have no consequences or rehab required. This is also an effect of new legislation that the ncsl says, “Medical professionals and other interested parties have welcomed these new laws as a way to reduce the toll of the opioid epidemic and alleviate concerns about criminal, civil and professional liability.” As well as heroin, prescription opioids has become a huge problem in the U.S, hhs.gov informs that, “In 2010, almost 1 in 20 adolescents and adults—12 million people—used prescription pain medication when it was not prescribed for them or only for the feeling it caused. While many believe these drugs are not dangerous because they can be prescribed by a doctor, abuse often leads to dependence.” Because these prescription are not used as they are prescribed for is why dependence occurs and dependence can then lead to more increased usage and often ends in overdose if help is not found. The opioid epidemic is very controversial because criminal consequences can deter people from receiving help and can cause to more deaths but no consequences can lead to the user using once again. Trump and his administration as he said are committed to fighting the drug epidemic which can be a very difficult process but his commitment is needed, any little change can help although this is going to be a long and hard process which he is aware of. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-opioids-state-of-the-union_us_5a710f6ce4b0be822ba15d39 https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/ https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-can-be-done-for-heroin-overdose http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/drug-overdose-immunity-good-samaritan-laws.aspx M.M
State of the Union
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:24:57 PM by [anonymous visitor]
The 2018 State of the Union was the president Donald Trump’s first address towards the country’s progression in the economy through recent issues. The POTUS discussed many issues such as Workforce, Immigration, Trade, Tax, Economy, and National Security, However, what caught my attention was Tax reform and cuts mentioned in the State of the Union, Trump stated, “Just as I promised the American People from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history,” and continued with, “Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business, to lower tax rates for hard-working Americans”, what was weird about these statements was that, Trump doesn't provide statistics on tax cuts, for example, according to Newsweek, 11 months ago he promised the public, 35% tax cut for middle-class families, however the final bill passed was 10% less and only active for 8 years, after that the taxes could possibly stagnate, This statistic was never mentioned in the speech. The tax bill slightly still helps the public and businesses. Trump also discussed the impact of the tax bill and how it helped “roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses”, however, according to live NPR, This statistic is very incomparable with the 154 million workers in our workforce, and many of them expect bonuses regardless of the tax cuts. so this statement could much likely to be influenced as a confounding variability. Therefore many of the statements the President mentioned were embellished statements that were made to sound good, however, in fact, were quite altered and unreliable. The Tax reform and cuts should be again properly addressed with the right statistic and honest results rather than useless appealing results. - M.P
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:24:51 PM by [anonymous visitor]
During Trump’s speech he talked about the fact that “we need to invest in job training”, and “we need to open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential”. When employees undergo job training will cover topics like communication, computer skills, customer service, diversity, ethics, human relations, quality initiatives, safety, and sexual harassment. While learning from experts in these areas the employees will have better relationships with their coworkers and bosses. More Americans should undergo a form of job training or vocational study, where many of the same principles of job training are included. This will help decrease the unemployment rate because it will allow those who were never able to obtain a higher form of education a chance to earn some money, working in a field they may enjoy. It will also increase employee satisfaction through better work environment. -NM
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:24:42 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the State of the Union Address by President Donald Trump, I do believe that he addressed the most important issues facing our country. Trump developed a theme throughout his speech, talking heavily on the fact that Americans need not to focus on differences in party, race, background, but instead focus on coming together and working towards a better America. By doing so, Trump says it will help advance the U.S. as a whole, and benefit all citizens. One major topic he touches on advancing, however, is tax cuts and the state of the economy. President Trump acknowledges to all Americans that the economy is doing well, and that “The state if our union is strong because our people are strong.” He describes that since he took office, 2.4 million new jobs have been created, workers wages are in fact rising, unemployment is at a very low percentage, and that small businesses and the stock market are thriving (8 trillion dollars gained in value). The state of the economy is a very important issue to discuss because it lays the foundation of our country, as it deals with all money spent and gained by the U.S. So, I think it was very beneficial for Trump to describe how much of an increase and impact it has had on the U.S. over his term thus far. He also said how the country has enacted the biggest tax cuts/reform in history, helping to provide relief for the middle class, and allowing Americans to make more money for themselves. The President then spoke about how the business tax rate was cut from 35 to 21 percent, allowing American companies to compete and come out on top. Trump discusses how in making these changes to address the issue of tax reform, it is in turn allowing businesses to thrive and citizens to bring home more money than before. Overall, President Trump did a very nice job addressing the matters at hand that face the U.S. He brought the Union together, reflecting on how it is important for our country to work towards the common good because we all share the same “destiny.” He addressed the state of the economy and how tax reforms would affect it, and encouraged citizens to work hard and set their mind to accomplishing something because when every American does so, America does too. CD
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:24:34 PM by [anonymous visitor]
As is customary for all presidents, and required by Article II Section 3 of the Constitution, President Trump delivered another State of the Union address on January 30th, 2018. In this address, President Trump gave Congress and the American public his perspective on the condition of the nation and offered recommendations for the direction in which the nation must go. Overall, President Trump was able to communicate his position on some of the most important issues facing our country today, specifically the threat posed by North Korea. President Trump emphasized the urgency of the issue by explaining the need to defend our homeland from a possible nuclear missile attack and justifying the need for a rigorous effort to prevent such a threat. President Trump first induced the audience into his call to action on North Korea by reminding us all of the recent tragedy of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was imprisoned while visiting North Korea and sent to a labor camp for fifteen years, but recently returned to the United States after enduring this extreme torture only to die several days later. By bringing in the Warmbier family and extending his condolences for their lost son, President Trump elicited the sympathies of the entire American audience for the horror of the North Korean regime and drew support for the containment of this looming threat. Moreover, President Trump advanced his call to action on North Korea by citing the story of Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector who struggled on towards freedom despite the odds of hunger, poverty, and physical disability. President Trump used Seong-ho’s story to explain our common desire for happiness and freedom as Americans in order to emphasize the importance of resolving the brutal North Korean regime. In his State of the Union speech, President Trump successfully addressed the complicated issue of North Korea, explaining how it poses a threat to both the American homeland and established values, and successfully rallied public support for action on this issue. IY
State Of The Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:24:26 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I feel like President Trump did address an very important issue and that was “unity.” He seemed to emphasize this point during the state of the union, as for the most union In a country is very much needed in this day in age with lots of racial injustice and the seeming borderline riot like acts of Black Lives Matter and the resurgence of white supremacy and the KKK. While most people in America aren’t fond of these groups some actually participate in their activities. For example when Tamir Rice was shot and killed in Cleveland in November of 2014 saw some the harshest backlash since Trayvon Martin in 2012 and those saw most people split between 2 lines of it being justified and the cop wasn’t in the wrong or the other side that was the cop is to blame and that the perpetrator was innocent. This marked the more recent cases of racial and social divide that we face today, furthermore most organizations like BLM for example have peaceful intentions however some of their more extreme members have taken to riots like stated earlier. This is what Trump wanted to change when he brought up unity, to repair the schism caused by social and racial status. However some people aren’t looking to repair said schism like most on the left side of the political spectrum, for example they use the tag #notmypresident which creates more and more schisms amongst society as a whole. While they might have justified reasoning if we want to unify we have to set aside our differences and accept what is what in our modern day.WS
State of The Union 2018 Blog
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:24:16 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Immigration. Trump touched on immigration and the facts of illegal immigrants entering the country. Trumps said that these illegal aliens are taking jobs from the American people. That these loopholes that easily allow illegal immigrants to enter have also allowed gangs and drug dealers to smuggle drugs, creating a business over borders. There are even instances where people have been killed in one way or another by these dangerous people. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that based on conviction information compiled by the Government Accountability Office from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, from 2011 to 2016 44.2 percent of the criminals convicted in federal courts were non-citizens— this data does not differ from illegal and legal immigrants. Another issue that every country faces with immigrants entering is the increase of population which in turn generate less opportunity for actual citizens to obtain jobs. I also saw this on the internet the other day regarding about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the mention of amnesty for those who are here illegally because their parents brought them here when they were children. This guy asked, “If parents sneak into Disney World and take their kids in also, does Disney let the kids stay when they are caught?” that kinda got me thinking— of course, Countries are not amusement parks and much more time has passed and of course I feel bad for the families that are being torn apart but there are certain things you need to do so that people are accounted for. It's bad for the few, good for the many— affiliating with what Trump said, “[a proposal] where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.” SL
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:24:08 PM by [anonymous visitor]
State Of the Union 2018 After watching the State of the Union address I believe President Trump covered the important issues occuring in America. President Trump started the night off by addressing unemployment, which has been a problem for a long time. In his speech he said facts that show what he has done so far to make unemployment lower. For example, he stated that since he was election 2.4 million new jobs were created. Specifically, 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. He also went on to say that African American unemployment along with Hispanic unemployment has reached its lowest rate ever. Lastly, President Trump worked on rising wages. This is what President Trump has done in office to help solve the problem of unemployment. Another issue that President Trump addressed dealt with the amount of taxes that people/companies pay. To solve this one thing he did was make the biggest tax cuts and reforms in history. By doing this it encouraged large companies to stay in America instead of relocating to countries that have lower taxes. In addition to that, the business tax lowered from 35% to 21%. President Trump also doubled the standard deduction for everyone and doubled the child tax credit. Overall, he discussed many important topics such as healthcare, immigration, and infrastructure along with many others. Lastly, one key part of his speech that I view as the most important is his discussion of American being a united front and that everybody should come together no matter what party they are associated with. -B.F.
State of The Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:58 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the State of the Union, I believe that President Trump did not fully address one of the biggest issues in America. While he covered the topic of the opioid crisis, he did not fully expand into ways our government is looking to decrease this crucial problem that is wracking our country. Trump stated in his explanation of his four pillar proposal that the effects of his plan would also support his “response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction.” He then went on to report some statistics, saying "In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.” He concluded by declaring that “My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult -- but, as Americans always do, we will prevail” It is clear that this is a significant issue our country faces, yet Trump did not go into further detail of the steps his administration's plans to take, being very vague. This is upsetting, as in August, Trump claimed that he intended to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, as previously recommended by his opioid commission. If that is how seriously he takes the issue, then why didn’t he delve into it more? While he did bring in a police officer, telling his story of dealing with the opioid crisis, all it did was prove the point that the opioid epidemic is severe, not actually elaborating on the plans Trump will take. As The newspaper, The Hill wrote, “Trump’s address stood out for a lack of specificity.” -MD
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:49 PM by [anonymous visitor]
In the 2018 State of the Union speech given by Donald Trump many important facets of the United States government were stated, facets such as the tax reform, creating new jobs, and minority unemployment rate. Though what really stuck out to me was the small excerpt given on Gitmo (Guantanamo bay). Recently in class, we have gone over the effects and presidential thoughts of previous President, Barack Obama on keeping the Prison in Guantanamo bay open and it was intriguing how President Trump went on to state his thoughts and actions on the prison, as Guantanamo bay has been viewed as a human rights tragedy for the United States and the world. Gitmo has been of importance to the U.S. as a human rights tragedy as people who were refugees or had physical or mental illnesses were sent there to be isolated from the general public. For example, “Guantanamo Bay was used as a processing center for asylum seekers and a camp for HIV positive refugees in the 1990s, and refugees who represented discipline or security problems were held on the site that would later become Camp X Ray, the initial site of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp”(Cnic, 1). But that was in the past, currently Guantanamo does not address any of those aspects, but still; “ Mr. Trump announced, as expected, that he has signed an executive order to keep the Guantánamo Bay prison open. ”(Bloomberg, 1). This viewpoint is in complete opposition of Democrats, such as Obama, who had the goal of trying to close the prison within one year of the 2009 executive order. Obama believed that the issue of guantanamo bay was going against human rights. Meanwhile president Trump perceives gitmo as place to he intends to fill it back up “with some bad dudes” I believe this is an important issue as many Democratic members of congress have a strong belief that gitmo should close down but do not not want to provide the funding for the detainers release, while Republicans such as Trump believe that Gitmo is an important tool for the US in its fight against terrorists and are worried about the danger of putting such detainees on US soil . Furthermore, "Current law prohibits the use of funds to 'transfer, release, or assist in the transfer or release' of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to or within the United States."(CNN, 1). Therefore as long as there is disputing language between both parties in congress it seems as if Gitmo will not fully close down or open up any time soon.
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:41 PM by [anonymous visitor]
On Tuesday night, President Trump discussed many important issues going on in the country in his State of the Union address. One of the issues he talked about was immigration. Trump described the current system as “broken” because immigrants can sponsor unlimited numbers of distant relatives. He plans to focus on limiting sponsorship to only an immigrant’s spouse or minor children. This is significant because it would lower the amount of people allowed in the U.S. because it would be a lot more difficult than in the past. In his speech, Trump announced plans to destroy the “visa lottery”, or the Diversity Visa Program. This would end the system of admitting 50,000 lucky immigrants from low-immigration countries into the country (MSNBC). This is an important issue in our country because immigrants make up a large percentage of the population. According to the 2013 ACS, immigrants account for thirteen percent of U.S. residents. With this percentage only growing, many Americans feel that immigrants are hurting the country more than they are helping it, and that there must be restrictions on who is allowed in. Immigrants are sometimes seen as threats to American citizens trying to participate in the labor force. For example, immigrants accounted for nearly 17 percent (26.2 million) of the 158.6 million workers in the civilian labor force in 2013 (Migration Policy). This is an important issue because many Americans are unemployed and blame immigrants for it. Trump’s plans for restrictions on immigration would bring jobs back to American citizens because less immigrants would be coming to America and joining the workforce. Immigration is an important issue in the U.S. because it affects the lives of so many people already in the country and those trying to get into the country. -KN
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:21 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the State of the Union, I believe that President Trump addressed the most important issues in America. One big issue that he spoke about was unemployment. Unemployment is considered to be such a big problem because it can lead to many other issues, such as hunger and homelessness. Also, unemployment means that we are wasting our country’s human resource. Unemployed people are people who are willing to work but are unable to find a qualified job. High unemployment is bad for the economy because the country loses production and consumer spending. In his State of the Union address, President Trump stated, “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.” He then goes on to say that African American and Hispanic American unemployment rates are at their all-time low. All of these numbers and claims are accurate. According to Fox News, the unemployment rate after Trump’s first 3 months in office was 4.5% (Obama’s was 9.0%). But, Trump’s low percentage may be due to the fact that Obama created 11.3 million new jobs by the end of his presidency (CNN News). So while all of President Trump’s numbers and claims are true, it cannot completely be validated that those numbers are a direct result of his actions since he was elected. Wages have been steadily increasing for many years now and unemployment rates have been steadily decreasing within the past several years. It is hard to tell whether Trump is making as big of a difference in unemployment and wages as he says he is. It will be much easier to analyze Trump’s success after his presidency, when these rates can be updated and tracked throughout his multiple years in office. MM
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:13 PM by [anonymous visitor]
During the state of the Union Trump addressed several key issues that he plans to take initiative on. Not surprisingly, he spoke on the topic of immigration and what he plans to do moving forward. Yes he still plans on building a wall but he also plans to work with Congress on dreamers and the merit system to allow people to come in the U.S. to get educated and for young individuals wanting a better life. What Trump doesn't want is to allow illegal immigrants and criminals to enter our country. He emphasizes this by bringing in two families on his guests list that mourned their daughters death because an illegal immigrant killed them. I thought this was a good idea by Trump to show the viewers what pain that family is going through. Also I liked how he is making a compromise and talking about dreamers and not just building a wall. Another topic I liked that he discussed was his infrastructure plan. To start he plans to have a budget of 1.5 trillion, showing he is serious about getting this done. If that isn't good enough then he states, " America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State building in just one year- isn't it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?" Overall I thought Trump did a good job uniting America by celebrating the military, police and everyday citizens doing good civic duties (Preston Sharp). But if he wants America to be united, he has to include everybody- even the poor and homeless. In an article from U.S. news it showed, " The national count of homeless people in the U.S. had risen for the first time since 2010." Many West Coast cities are seeing a great increase, so much so that 10 cities have declared states of emergency. I think this issue is going to increase unless awareness is brought up and the government takes action. At least 554,000 people are homeless- but that is just an estimate from local tallies. This number can be decreased if the government can find a way to give them jobs and help them get back on their feet. -B.F.
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:23:06 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the State of the Union, I think President Trump talked about all of the important issues in our country. However, I believe that he was vague when addressing topics that I think are very important today. I feel like Trump obfuscated when talking about certain topics, even though he addressed them. For example, when talking about veterans, Trump said that he wanted to help veterans with health decisions and give them the respect they deserved. However, he didn’t really give any facts on how veterans are struggling and why this is a problem. He also didn’t give any specific ideas on how to help, except when he talked about firing people who didn’t care for the veterans correctly. I think he could have reinforced his argument better if he gave facts like how 39,471 veterans are homeless any night (NCHV), or if he gave some other solutions. One topic that I think Trump did address fully was the subject of Immigration. Being an immigrant myself, this topic really resonates with me, and I find important as it affects people I know and am close with. This topic is important because not only does it affect our country, but it also affects countries all over the world. According to American Progress, over 43.3 million immigrants live in the US today, originating from countries all over the world. Trump talked about how open borders has only brought in crime, gangs, and drugs, and even though this isn’t entirely true, Trump did give examples of the MS 13 gang killing innocent people. Recently, immigration has been of much debate in Congress, so using the Bully Pulpit, Trump gave his bipartisan approach to an immigration bill. He talked about his 4 pillars and how the compromise is what is best for Americans. - JM
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:59 PM by [anonymous visitor]
One issue that President Trump chose to speak about during the State of the Union was immigration and border protection. Trump spent the largest amount of time addressing this issue, hinting that it was one of the most pressing issues to him. To explain the consequences of our current border control system, Trump had families in the crowd whose daughters were MS-13 victims. Due to our lack of border control, these two teenage girls lost their lives to MS-13, a gang of people who should not have even been in our country to begin with. This is an especially prominent issue right now because Congress is trying to find a common ground for their immigration bill to avoid another government shutdown. By sharing these families stories’, Trump used this situation as a way to gain support and inform the public of his and the Republicans immigration intentions. Trump stated, “My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans—to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream because Americans are dreamers too.” Trump also explained that while he does hope the new immigration plan has security measures in it, that it will also preserve DACA protections. Trump took advantage of the time he had to speak uninterrupted to try to make his case for building a wall and ending the visa lottery. The President tried to reach out to both parties in an effort to amend the pertinent immigration bill. According to CNBC, “[Trump] won't get a better, more extensive and uninterrupted chance to make his immigration policy case to the both the left and right and everyone in between,” and, “If he can't forge an immigration deal after this speech, he probably won't be able to at all.” Since this part of Trump’s State of the Union has the most direct and timely impact on legislation, it was a very important issue he addressed. -MA
State of Union Address
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:50 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that Trump, while he did address most, did not address all important issues facing the U.S. today, one of them including human trafficking. While this problem may seem like a rare occurrence, the scary truth is that it isn’t. That is why it is so important, no matter if the President addresses it or not. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the United States, in 2016, there were 26,727 calls to the hotline and 7,621 cases reported. With the most recent data from June 30th, 2017, there have been 13,897 calls and 4,460 cases. While this isn’t a huge percentage of the population, it is a significant amount of people affected, and the issue deserves more attention. Human trafficking, though, isn’t on most people’s radar; it wasn’t on mine until I had a conference in Columbus about it as a part of Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board. We listened to speakers and survivors of human trafficking. One speaker, Jennifer Kempton, who was from Columbus, was very illuminating. She spoke of her abuse and how she felt branded by the tattoos she was pushed by her abuser to get. After overcoming her horrible experience, she created Survivor’s Ink, to help other victims get and pay for cover up tattoos for their “slavery brandings.” The mere existence of this organization proves that Jennifer’s experience is not unique, but resonates with many others. Even more startling than the fact that human trafficking occurs, and occurs enough to garner various foundations and organizations, is how it happening right here in Ohio. According to the Ohio Attorney General Office’s 2017 report, there were 208 potential victims, with 202 human trafficking investigations in Ohio. The National Human Trafficking Hotline states that for 2017 and 2016, Ohio comes in at number four for amount of cases reported. Ohio is a “hub” for human trafficking, yet it is barely talked about. If we, Ohioans, who live in the middle of a huge human trafficking area, are unaware of the scope of this issue, it is paramount that this issue is addressed more at a national level. -MZ
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:42 PM by [anonymous visitor]
In his first State of the Union address, president Donald Trump addressed all of the key issues that the country faces today. One major issue is the current state of the economy. This is important because economic success is what drives development in other areas. At the beginning of the speech, Trump touted the state of the booming economy and how it has benefitted the lives of so many Americans. He claimed that "Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone." This is significant because it indicates that businesses are expanding and increasing their domestic investments in American labor. Also, an obvious benefit is that new jobs put money in people’s pockets, which they can then use on purchasing goods and services which further stimulates the economy. Another statistic Trump boasted about is that "unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low" and that African-American and Hispanic-American unemployment are each at all-time lows. Quality jobs allow people to stop receiving federal welfare benefits, which gives the government more freedom to spend their budget in other areas of investment, like infrastructure or energy, to further enhance economic development and help business grow. -AR
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:34 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that Trump covered the job market very well because he told us how his administration has created many jobs and lowered unemployment rates. In the speech Trump said, “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.” Which has lowered the unemployment rates, and according CNN, “Unemployment is at 4.1%, matching the lowest level in 17 years. Companies say they are having a hard time finding workers to fill jobs.” This is extremely important, because in order for a country to thrive, the people have to thrive as well. The creation of more jobs allows many americans to get employed and earn a living helping them survive in today’s world where money is nearly everything. Trump also mention that the unemployment rates of African-Americans and hispanics has been at one of its lowest ever recorded. As Trump states in his speech, “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history." This is important because it shows that the president’s administration is doing their task of improving the overall prosperity of the U.S. Though many people may not approve of the president, it is true that the U.S. has had improvements made by the Trump Administration. N.N
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:25 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the State of the Union I believe that president Trump addressed the most important issues in America. I believe that Trump had a very optimistic outlook throughout his entire address. Previously, Trump has been known for attacking the media and others. However, during his address Trump failed to talk about Robert Muller who is conducting a special investigation about russian interference within the 2016 election or muslim nations which he has clearly shown disinterest in previously. I believe that it was correct of him to set these issues aside and not bring them up during his address because it allowed him to focus on more important issues and discuss what he has done to benefit our country during his first year in office. I believe that one of the most important issues that President Trump talked about was the wall. This has been an ongoing controversial topic ever since he first came into office so it was interesting to hear him talk about it a year after proposing the idea. In a speech that focused repeatedly on the idea that drugs, gangs and immigrants threaten American safety, Trump called for "fully" securing the border. "That means building a wall," he said. The final extent of a wall remains an open question. Throughout his campaign, Trump seemed to suggest his wall would span the entire border, which is just short of 2,000 miles long. Later, he suggested shorter distances, 1,000 miles or even 700 miles. Some amount of the wall funding has been a sticking point in negotiations for a compromise to prevent deportation of the "dreamers," the many undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children but lack legal status. In his address, the president said that the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package in the next few weeks and that his administration has been working toward “a bipartisan approach to immigration reform,” which includes a four-pillar plan. Trump explained that “The second pillar fully secures the border. That means building a great wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the horrible and dangerous practice of ‘catch and release.” Immigration has been a big issue in the United States especially with Trumps viewpoints being very different from the previous presidents. The way America deals with immigration and the policies we decide to make will determine our relationships with other countries. I believe that the wall was an important issue to talk about because it was one of the reasons he got elected and the idea of building a wall has been in the air ever since he became president yet there haven't been many updates on it. It was important to hear Trumps standpoint on an important issue such as immigration and his plans dealing with it moving forward. -ND
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:15 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the state of the union, I believe the president to my knowledge addressed America's most important issues. The president spoke about the Immigration reform currently a hot topic among the country. This is a very important issue because this affects more than 10 million people directly and indirectly everyone in the country. The president proposed a compromise toward legislation to promote four pillars as he describes them, ‘The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. The second pillar fully secures the border. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country. The third pillar ends the visa lottery. The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.’ . These four pillars will promote safety and prosperity to American citizens. The President links immigration to the nation using examples to encourage people to promote his idea of a wall on the southern border. He also uses the examples of people who illegally enter the country and cause harm to its citizens. He talks about gang members who illegally entered the country acting as mine workers and ending up in a school of which they killed 2 students. He puts everyone at ease after mentioning that I.C.E has captured over hundreds of gang members and have put them in prisons or deported out of the country. The Presidents four pillars support his idea to end illegal immigration and promoting a healthy infrastructure to make sure America is safe. H.S
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:22:06 PM by [anonymous visitor]
After watching the state of the union, I believe the president to my knowledge addressed America's most important issues. The president spoke about the Immigration reform currently a hot topic among the country. This is a very important issue because this affects more than 10 million people directly and indirectly everyone in the country. The president proposed a compromise toward legislation to promote four pillars as he describes them, ‘The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. The second pillar fully secures the border. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country. The third pillar ends the visa lottery. The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.’ . These four pillars will promote safety and prosperity to American citizens. The President links immigration to the nation using examples to encourage people to promote his idea of a wall on the southern border. He also uses the examples of people who illegally enter the country and cause harm to its citizens. He talks about gang members who illegally entered the country acting as mine workers and ending up in a school of which they killed 2 students. He puts everyone at ease after mentioning that I.C.E has captured over hundreds of gang members and have put them in prisons or deported out of the country. The Presidents four pillars support his idea to end illegal immigration and promoting a healthy infrastructure to make sure America is safe.
JB
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:57 PM by [anonymous visitor]
During the State of the Union address to the 115th Congress on January 31st, 2018, President Donald J. Trump covered a multitude of issues ranging from employment levels and the economy to terrorism and the threat of nuclear war with North Korea. One issue that he spoke about that is very important to the United States is the threats from ISIS and North Korea. One of the most important issues that Trump talked about was terrorism. It is a major issue in many major American cities due to their enormous populations and history of prior attacks. According to ¨Americans Name Terrorism as No. 1 U.S. Problem¨ by Rebecca Riffkin, 16% or 1 in 6 of Americans in a 2015 gallup poll name terrorism as the most important problem facing the United States. Interestingly enough this is the highest percentage of Americans to mention terrorism as a major problem since 9/11 (46%). Before 2001 however terrorism was barely ever mentioned as a major problem by Americans despite the Oklahoma City bombings of 1995 and the World Trade Center car bomb attack of 1993. After 9/11, one of, if not the, most deadly terror attack in history, percentage levels again went down. This gallup poll likewise was taken right after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. The month prior, the same poll gauged American concerns about terrorism at a paltry 3%. The trend is easy to see: after a major terror attack, levels of concern rise. As of writing this, the deadly Las Vegas Shooting only happened 4 months back which likewise caused many Americans to show concern for terror and gun violence which has since faded. Regardless terrorism is still a major issue in America that has, according to a September 2016 study by Alex Nowrasteh at the Cato Institute, killed 3,024 Americans from 1975 through 2015. That number includes the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2,983 people) and averages nearly 74 Americans per year. -JB
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:48 PM by [anonymous visitor]
    After watching the State of the Union address, I feel that President Trump addressed many of the important issues facing America today. One point that I feel he hit that was very important was reforming immigration laws; with over 1 million immigrants coming to America each year, immigration is clearly an important issue in our country. President Trump began by tying gang violence to is plans for reforming immigration. During his speech, he recognized two families who lost their daughters because of MS-13 murders. Although Republicans and Democrats disagree on numerous issues and often Democrats refused to applaud during President Trump’s speech, every person in the room stood to show their remorse for the two families who lost their daughters. MS-13 is a gang comprised of mostly immigrants from El Salvador and other immigrant recruits that have brought violence and crime to our country, like the murders of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens. President Trump proposed to tighten immigration to the country which he hoped would decrease crime and gang violence in the United States: he suggested Congress should end the loopholes exploited by criminals to enter our country. President Trump’s suggestions included securing the borders, ending the visa lottery program, and ending chain immigration. President Trump believes that these proposed reforms are necessary for our economy, our security, and the “future of America”. Immigration control and regulations are a very important issue in our country today, and I believe that President Trump presented his proposals in an effective way. JR
SOTUS
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:38 PM by [anonymous visitor]
State of the Union Address I believe that the most important part of Donald Trump’s State of the Union was the job creating. The issue of job creation is important to Donald Trump, because it is what he ran his campaign on, “Make America Great Again”, the industries were going to different countries because of the cheaper cost of labor and resources. The issue to the American people is that if companies and industries leave, they will let off the American workforce, or the companies will hire illegal citizens to pay for way less. He said that last year, under his policies, over 2.4 million jobs were created, and the wages raising. More money is going into American pockets, than before, the bounce back from the post 2008 recession. He said that under his policy, “motorcity is starting to rev back up”. This means the Detroit will be a hub for car production in America bring car companies back, bringing jobs back to the Midwest for middle class families. He said that “Toyota, Maserati, and Honda are opening plants in the U.S.”. This means that jobs will be made for the American people. Because of the implemented policy changes, “jobs are roaring back, coming to the action in the U.S.” This also relates to small business. The tax reform gave small businesses a tax cut, meaning that the business could expand easier and hire more workers, again give the american jobs. Donald Trump calls this the “New American Movement”, meaning that he is going to continue policy that will help him move on this running campaign. He said that Exxonmobil has a 50 million dollar investment going into America this year, and Apple is going to expand in America, hiring at least 20,000 people. He also says that his policy has lowered the unemployment rate reached in the last 45 years at around 4.1%. He said that “if you believe in the American way, anything is a possibility.” I feel like that Donald Trump has faced all the criticism against him, and is continuing on his plan. If you think about it, he is the poster child or the Presidency. He has never held a political job before, even though he had a huge benefit of of money, he went out and worked hard to earn his money from failures to successes, many middle class citizens can relate to this. Even though people hate him, he hasn’t let them take over his presidential actions. Yes, the bill to end ObamaCare did not pass, the new tax reform is going to slowly cut funds away, and immigration reform is slowing Congress greatly, he proposed his 4 pillar immigration reform, but the one thing Donald Trump has kept in mind is employing Americans and bringing jobs back to American, starting to stimulate the economy again, and begin putting money into the pockets of Americans.-JJG
State of the Union
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:26 PM by [anonymous visitor]
President Trump named several important issues in his 2018 State of the Union address, he made several points to mention numerous american heros, who over the past year have risked their lives to help those in need, and deserved recognition for those acts of bravery. Along with the recognitions, President Trump discussed the issues related to our country’s tax reform and cuts in the past year, which correlates to the large increase in jobs. According to Trump, since the election the government has created 2.4 million jobs, 200,000 of which are in manufacturing. Which has downsized the issue of unemployment for all people, but especially for African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Trump Stated “Unemployment claims have hit a 45 year low. African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” I believe this is one of the most important issues trump addressed because Americans have been concerned that jobs are being lost to immigrants, and by creating jobs, and lowing the American unemployment rate, does incredible things for society, the economy, and the government. The tax cuts have brought relief to lower and middle class families, trump says “We nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. We also doubled the child tax credit.” The small things that trump has done over the first year, has done alot for people of this country who have needed these changes for years. As Trump continues through his presidency, he strives to improve and change immigration policy, tax reforms, educational issues, and foreign affairs. I believe President Trump used this years State of the Union successfully, and has come to recognition of what this country needs in the coming years. -MC
Blog 5- State of the Union Address
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:16 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe President Trump addressed the most important issues within his State of the Union address. One of the issues was the War on drugs and how it affected thousands of United States citizens, especially the use of opioids. This is a very important issue within the US due to the wide scope of the issue. Trump brought light to this issue when informing, “In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.” The overdose deaths are at a high and the State of the Union address is the perfect platform to start the discussion and for the President to set the agenda. This is an issue both parties can get behind, how they deal with it is where there will be controversy. However, Trump stayed neutral and didn’t go into detail on how it should be dealt with, making it a positive address. Overall the address was well thought out and delved into all of the main issues that need focus. “My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult -- but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.” All positive things were said about the drug epidemic and it was a very major issue these past years. The President's ability to set the agenda in his address is very important and this years State of the Union didn’t fall short of hitting the mark.
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:21:05 PM by [anonymous visitor]
An important issue that Trump addressed in his State of the Union speech was about nuclear weapons. This was an important for President Trump to address because there has been much confusion within the American public about the actual plans for nuclear weapons. Since it has been heard that North Korea was threatening to attack the United States using their nuclear devices, fear rose within the public and they needed answers from the president. Although President Trump did not say how much money he was planning to spend on nuclear weapon advancements, a new budget for the Pentagon, including nuclear forces, is expected to be released in February (usatoday). Trump stated that he believes that now we can make weapons that are, “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.” With this statement, Trump was trying to put America’s mind at ease and build up their confidence in his plans. Trump then stated that although he plans to modernize and remodel America’s nuclear arsenal, he’s, “hoping never to use it” (dw.com). This statement again attempts to make Americans trust in what Trump has planned. The president’s statements are meant to convey the idea that even though Trump hopes we will never have to reach the point of a nuclear attack, if we do come to that point, we will be ready with the strongest defense. Although these statements were supposed to make America feel better about the plan, they could be looked at at contradictory. People could hear these phrases and end up being more confused about the nuclear plan because it becomes unclear if Trump really is going to spend time and money rebuilding nuclear weapons if he does not even want to use them. The way in which Trump delivered his ideas could potentially weaken the trust that the people have in his plan for such a serious problem. The issue of nuclear weapons was very important for Trump to address, but the way in which he did it could have been better to be more persuasive and get his message across clearly. AP
State of the Union 2018
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:20:54 PM by [anonymous visitor]
In my opinion, the president did not address the most pressing issue in the world today, which is climate change related to energy usage. The only time that Trump did address it was to boast that, “We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal!” He then followed it by declaring, “We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world.”. I don’t understand why he’s trying to wage a “war” on fossil fuels, because that has an unnecessarily violent connotation. It’s unfortunate that people who care about this issue still feel like they have to present the issues that fossil fuels have upon the environment. If someone wanted to listen, then they would have already. Trump won’t listen to scientists because he is blinded by the money aspect of the situation. He is a grown man and nothing can change his mind on that. However, he’s completely neglecting the people’s side on this issue. He’s not the one that has to go down in the coal mines and risk his life everyday to make a middle-to-low class salary. He’s not the one living in poor neighborhoods where citizens have little to no say about their water or air quality, and often have no choice but to bear living next to a polluted factory or dump. He’s a hypocrite for claiming that he only wants the best for Americans, because his plans don’t nearly benefit everyone. Of course it’s impossible to please every everyone, but his refusal to compromise on certain issues like this one is unfortunate. J.P.
State of Union - Lauren Irwin
Posted 2/1/2018 at 12:20:41 PM by [anonymous visitor]
AP Government Mr. Pubentz Blog- State of Union On Tuesday, January 30th, President Donald Trump presented the State of the Union 2018 speech. Trump highlighted key issues such the tax reform bill, immigration, nuclear weapons, North Korea, and the American Dream. Interestingly enough, Trump highlighted the opioid addiction many citizens face and exposed the horrid problem it truly is. Although President Trump only touched on the drug problem briefly, it was concise and the message was received. He stated, “We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge”. He explained a solution to the dilemma, for he and his department will offer treatment to those who need it. He offered to provide emotional support to the families that have loved ones that are addicts. President Trump realized that the journey to end the addiction epidemic will be difficult, but he stayed patriotic: “as Americans always do, in the end, we will succeed, we will prevail”. President Trump’s positivity was convincing and his reference to Americans as a whole was significant. As President Trump referenced many examples of Americans, which made his speech not only more reliable, but more realistic as well. As he discussed the drug problem, he introduced one of his guests to the audience. Ryan Holets and his wife adopted a baby from a homeless mother who has an opioid addiction. The shout out was personal and Americans saw the disasters of the problem first hand. Opioid addiction is causing families to get torn apart. The Holets family is a prime example of what Americans are capable of if they help one another and shows that addiction is a real problem. The reference encouraged patriotism, while also displayed the effects drugs have on individuals and their families. Drugs are a serious issue America is facing. Trump cited that there were more than 64,000 overdoses in just one year. An article by The Economist, “America’s Opioid Epidemic is Driven by Supply”, offers real data of just how big the issue is. In this past year the article provided, “the opioid death rate increased 3.6%”. The article pointed out, “only a small proportion of addicts currently receive quality treatment—especially adequate medication-based approaches”. This highlights how important President Trump’s thesis was to provide proper treatment for all Americans. Overall, it is extremely important that President Trump discussed the opioid addiction problem in America in the State of the Union speech 2018. https://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2018/01/another-prescription
State of the Union
Posted 1/31/2018 at 12:20:24 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Trump’s State of the Union was actually a surprising success. What we saw Tuesday night wasn’t the polarizing, loud-mouthed President that many people have grown to hate, but rather we saw a much calmer and more collected version of Trump. Trump emphasized patriotism and unity, and mentioned bipartisan cooperation multiple times throughout the speech. He also appeared to e taking more moderate stances on many key issues. For example, Trump attacked shot up prescription drug prices, a surprisingly liberal approach. He also touted immigration reform that appeared to be more of a negotiation, featuring provisions that allowed for DACA recipients to gain citizenship: a far cry from many of the rigid stances taken during his campaign. Trump made sure to mention the key issues on America's mind, such as immigration, North Korea, tax cuts, the economy, veterans, ISIS, healthcare, and many others. One point Trump harped on especially strong was the strength of the economy. This was one of the President’s most persuasive sections, as Trump touted many specific statistics to support his claim that the economy is booming. Such stats include the 2.4 million new jobs, 45 year unemployment low, $8 trillion stock market boom, and the lowest African American unemployment rate ever recorded. Trump also mentioned increased success of small business owners, naming people like Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger while presenting welder Corey Adams. The President also showcased many big-name companies, such as Chrysler and Apple, bringing new jobs into America. Many would argue Trump’s biggest success so far was the economic boom, and the President certainly showcased it during the State of the Union.-YS
4 - Media
Posted 10/26/2017 at 10:11:45 AM by Ryan Pubentz [staff member]
After reading the textbook and The Real Media Bias: Profits, formulate an opinion on what you believe the purpose of journalism should be. Do you agree with the “old school” opinion of the media as a watchdog group, providing credible information to inform a participatory public, or do you believe that journalism should reflect changing times, doing what it can to draw viewers and subscribers? Provide as many examples as you can to defend your opinion. 


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Media
Posted 11/5/2017 at 8:15:04 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The media is a very essential part of American politics. Mainly because it helps inform the citizens about what is going on in the government on a local, state, and national scale. Since the birth of our country there have been clear changes in the evolution of the media. For the most part in the way the news is presented to us. In today’s media all we see is the next scandal or who said what to who or who is where when they should be here. The big media brands today try to get the inside scoop on all these things so that they can draw in viewers to make more money and earn good ratings. However what we rarely see is what is really going on in D.C., in regards to what new law congress is trying to pass or how they are working or not working to fix our country’s problems. The media needs to return to the “old school” way of doing things. Meaning, they should be the watchdogs of our government, looking out for how things are being run and if things are going as they should be. Instead of trying to get dirt on every politician to gain viewers the media should be looking at what is going on with things like tax reform. Although it might be boring it affects each and every one of us more than if Hillary Clinton is still thinking about running for office again in three years. The purpose of the media is to inform us about the decisions being made in Washington that affect our lives and country, not to give us something to gossip about. Until that switch happens the media will continue to be corrupt. -T.G.
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:18:11 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that journalism should return to it roots with credible information being the main reason that the media should shoot for when they make and broadcast a story about an issue, topic etc. For example most news today according to the president is fake news which is just the false perception that the media puts a spin on a story that makes the original story not true in nature. Another example is the mutual distrust that occurred when the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal transpired, when this happened the trust level between the two sides went from a respected relationship to a mutual distrust from the media covering those events in a negative light showing that the government failed by using cold facts instead of their opinion on how they feel about the topic at hand.WS
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:18:02 AM by [anonymous visitor]
In my opinion, media should provide credible information to inform the public. The media influences what subjects become national political issues and for how long. For example - automobile safety, water pollution and the quality of prescription drugs were not a major political issue before the media started covering them and put them on political agenda’s. The media keeps track of and help make political reputations. The media has an instinctive and profitable desire to investigate personalities and expose scandals. Media is something which can shape the public opinion in many ways. When media provides credible and correct information to the public. It does a great service to the public and helps shape the public's opinion. Media at times can be bias but it mostly remains neutral. That is because if it were bias at all times no one would believe the media to provide credible information and just ignore it as a way to draw viewers and subscribers for a substantial amount of monetary gains like the Tribune Company of Chicago which keeps its goals to have a 30 percent profit margin. Telling us that this newspaper along with many other a capable of drawing viewers through fake news and scandals. Some states do not require journalists to share their sources with the public and some states are against this and say that in order to decrease fake news journalists must display their sources for the information they used in creating the story. The need for journalists to create discredited stories is because journalists are in a constant fight to find the best sensationalizing stories in a short amount of time. Just like in the spider-man series where peter parker works at a newspaper company and has to face a fake journalists who doctors his photographs and gives them to the editor. This would be a case where media is solely focussed on monetary gains. I think that media should stay true and try to be as unbiased as it can be. The media is a powerful tool that many political candidates fear and encourage. Candidates may use media to promote themselves as a better personality than other candidates. Media has to provide equal amounts of time to all candidates so that everything is fair. When the media acts like a watchdog it watched these candidates and scrutinizes them to every extent that even a small mistake could cause the public to lose faith in the candidates up for election. So media should continue to act like the government's watchdog and influence the public's opinion to make sure that everything is done right. -H.S
The Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:56 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe the purpose of Journalism is letting the public know what is going on in the government. Although they need the viewers, they see by getting the most viewers is yielded from their use of yellow journalism, because it is more interesting. The old-school opinion of the media as a watchdog group giving credible information to the people is my preferred way. However, the watchdog method of focusing on the negative of each candidate is not good as well. Times are changing, so having a news outlet that reflects that would be the best option right now. The best example that would prove that today's media as it is, is not the best. Politicians and the media are enemies. That shouldn't be the case because they are reliant on each other they only hurt one another SL
Journalism Blog
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:44 AM by [anonymous visitor]
In not so recent years, journalism has fallen from its former glory as a reliable bastion of truth and reverted into a simple money making machine. There’s nothing wrong with turning a profit; journalists need to make a living. However, I believe in order to keep consistent readership (and thus, profits) high, news media has to return to its old “watchdog” ways. The majority of today’s reporting sounds like high school gossip. “Crammed with celebrity interviews, disaster and crime reports, punditry and manufactured news,” notes Margo Hammond of the St. Petersburg Times, “the media is not so much an arsenal against ignorance. It's becoming a weapon of mass distraction.” The distracted focus of the media is keeping the public uninformed of real, important political issues. Accusing reporters of engaging in horserace journalism is old news, but trying to mask talk shows as political discussion is on another level. Sure, this easily digestible format attracts load of viewers now, but just like high school, people eventually graduate, the gossip becomes irrelevant, and the only people left respected were the truthful ones. People won’t return to a news source that constantly deceives and misinforms them. The media would only benefit from being honest in order to attract consistent, loyal readers. That’s how you build an empire; on loyal followers, not on a fleeting mass of viewers that comes and goes. The media, politicians, and the public all need each other, and the most reliable way to maintain that balance is honesty from all sides. -PY
Media Blog
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:35 AM by [anonymous visitor]
As a United States citizen, I fully agree with the “old school” opinion of the media as a watchdog group, looking out for us. We as citizens are restricted in our access in knowing what is happening in the government and the media is one of our only ways to find that out. If the media doesn’t look out for us and only tires to bring in views, that is hurting all of America. We must be informed about what is happening so we can be knowledgeable on the topics (considering informed voters are required) so that when it comes time to voting we are able to know what is happening and how it will affect us. In the book it discusses how newspapers and television are so wrapped up in their horse race journalism and yellow journalism that they often forget to be our watchdog. We as citizens need someone to look out for us and protect us on the inside. If the media only worries about their views and the profits they bring in then they are failing to do what we expect and most certainly need them to do. This can be similarly seen in the article The Real Media Bias, where it states, “In other words, most news organizations, which once served to keep tabs on those in power, are now powerhouses themselves.” If the media continues to care solely about themselves and their profits alone, then it serves no purpose to us as citizens. We do not turn on the news to see meaningless stories, we turn on the news to see what is happening in the world around us- our world, our country, our home. What news companies fail to realize is that perhaps their ratings and views would increase and remain high if they provided us with news we needed and wanted to see. It would be the best of both worlds, we get the news we need and they get the profits they need. Overall, I strongly believe that the media needs to serve as our protector and our watch dog rather than making us blind and leaving us in the dark. -RR
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:26 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Journalism: the concept of preparing, writing, or recording for different mediums, such as newspapers, blogs, magazines, or preparing news to be broadcast. Journalism is a powerful, informing tool which connects Americans and politics, issues, policies, and occurrences. How Americans receive information correlate to an individual’s reception of such issues; will they agree, disagree, remain impartial, etc.? Americans prefer truths and detest lies. Americans cannot gather all news on their own; therefore, we rely on the media to form our structure of knowledgeable information. Journalists must be “old school” watchdogs and inform the public of credible information about American-tied issues and occurrences that occur both within the U.S government and overseas. Journalists must act as this connecting string between the array of Americans, politicians, and government. While America has experienced extreme changes, journalism should not reflect the new techniques to draw viewers, but rather embody the “old school” opinion of the media and inform citizens of credible information. Americans depend on the media to receive credible information and not false lies about politics, government, and America’s oversea relationships. While Margo Hammond and American Government hints that the media is biased--more liberal--about information due to “profit margins” and the editor's’ ability to write about selected issues, we learned in class that the press should be neutral and objective. Journalists must provide Americans with unbiased, credible facts and allow Americans to interpret information as they please, rather than being provided with already biased opinions. For example, journalists must not draw viewers with bold headlines or obscene content; for example, by titling Obamacare articles as “Stupidity of American voters” would halt the progress of Americans formulating their own opinions about Obamacare. Journalists must provide a title of “Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act” in allow readers and viewers an unbiased source with facts to pick-and-choose to align with (Viebeck, CBS News). Americans strive to interpret information individually, without a media provided bias and therefore, Journalists should supply strong, credible, neutral facts and not weak, opinionated information. While Americans prefer to receive unbiased facts, no longer do Americans flock to mediums, such as a nightly news show, to receive unbiased, credible information. As illustrated by Martin Wattenberg, from 1974 to 2002 the frequency of Americans to watch nightly news has decreased dramatically; as stated in class, half of all Americans used the internet to get political news in 2008. The introduction of technology compels Americans to turn to the internet to receive much of its information regarding the U.S government. Billion dollar companies, such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, unfortunately fall under the spell of new-day journalism and play as watchdogs to expose Americans to juicy scandals, unimportant issues, and biased pieces about the U.S government and society. Many Americans ponder over subject bias in the media, being liberal or conservative, and the specific news printed, broadcasted, and put on the internet. When deciding whether or not a topic should be covered, American journalists reflect over the following question, “Does it make money?” (Hammond). Like a lion waiting on its prey, American businesses and citizens are run by money and the constant demand to gain more green. Compared to a game of heads-up-seven-up, journalists hope Americans will choose their broadcast, station, or article, with the journalistic goal of money in mind. To achieve a grand profit, the national media acts as a viewer-drawing gatekeeper by influencing what subjects become national issues and for what duration of time (Wilson, Dilulio, Bose). However, this gatekeeper method forces news stations to reflect changing technological times and wrongly abandon the “old school” opinion of media by bringing attention to unimportant occurrences. This abandonment of credible information proves ineffective and harmful to American viewers as it provides a wrong perception of the actual, worthy news at hand. Scrolling through CNN or Fox News, one is presented with “old school abandoning” headlines such as “8 dead in New York terror attack...House GOP struggles with tax plan” (CNN, Fox News). The media selectively chooses which subjects to cover based on the American audience and what will attract humans to read, view, or listen to a topic. Regarding the most recent terror attack in New York City, the media must act as an efficient “old school” bridge between the American people and politics by one, informing Americans of the attack, two, illustrating the reaction of President Trump, and three, providing the insight of Homeland Security and its future actions against terrorism. Journalists must have the function to inform Americans with credible information and, unlike Margo Hammond’s explanation of news being “crammed with celebrity, disaster and crime reports, and manufactured news,” it must not be a “weapon of mass destruction” but rather a wand giving unbiased facts to the American people. It is inappropriate for CNN to publish an article titled “New York Times executive accused of lewd sexual harassment” because, let’s be honest Americans, we want to focus on important issues, and not one's sex scandal. Americans need credible, worthy information from the media and journalists need our money: it’s a win-win situation as long as journalists continue to please its audience. Trust between the American public and the government is crucial in politics. Rather than taking extreme measures to lure viewers or subscribers, journalists must bridge this sense of trust by providing credible information to the public. Money is important to politics, yet the most important way to gain “ bonus points” is to inform Americans of red, white, and blue information and sprout their knowledge about an informative topic.
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:16 AM by [anonymous visitor]
There was once a time when crusading newspaper teams slowly uncovered huge scandals on political elites, and present the information to the general public. Now-a-days it truly seems that the real bias in media sources these days is not ideological but financial. The United states is constantly adapting to new tendencies to benefit the people but does the transition to a new type of journalism of devoting more time for entertainment instead of explicitly exposing scandals within the government really benefit all of us? It is very subjective to say which effect of journalism new or old is better for the majority of people. But with my opinion i believe that Old school journalism is more beneficial to society. My reason revolves around how news media is perceived by people and what helps keep the government intact and working properly. Old school journalism involves having the media being viewed as a watchdog group, that uncovers many of the political wrongdoings in order to educate and provide better reasoning to the general public on certain policies and events within the government. As people not commonly involved in politics do not have access to government information like other lobbyists and media individuals do. Another benefit to old school media is that Media reporters are the only hope for the general public in getting reliable sources on government actions because expert information is always in a short supply. Though it is a positive to the general public as the media individuals are able to uncover actions of the government it can come with a possible cost of ruining friendships and access with a politician. Nevertheless the connections between the media reporters and politicians still remain because in this democracy reporters and politicians need another to do their job correctly. As media reporters need politicians to give information on possible policies to report on, and politicians need to spread their words on certain issues that they stand for. Unfortunately it seems as if old school journalism is gone and only reappears on occasions when disasters happens. For example, old school journalism last occurred during the days and weeks that followed Sept. 11, 2001. “News organizations seemed to forget about profits and concentrated on serving the public. Television networks suspended commercials. Newspapers put out extra editions and expanded their news holes to accommodate badly sought after information about terrorism here and abroad” (Hammond, 2). Not only do we need the media to give awareness to all of the general public but according to democracy it would be advised to also “give the media the role of watchdog. Which is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions” (Hammond, 1). And the best way to keep the government in check with their actions is through Old school journalism. P.P
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:17:09 AM by [anonymous visitor]
What happened today? That is what everyone wants to know. People want to know the good things and the bad things. They want to be informed of the events in their community, nation, and the world. Media began as small one page pamphlets to do this. Over time, newspapers have grown to major nationally recognized media sources that are able to give almost instant coverage of the events anywhere in the world. The expectation is that media will focus on the issues that the average American would like to hear about; such as community and state issues, natural disasters, or stories that will inform or entertain them. People expect the media to be unbiased and give true accounts of what is happening. When people have all of the facts, they can make their own decisions about the issues and concerns that media presents. So, the purpose of media is to inform the public about all sides of an issue with as much truthful information that is available. With the invention of the car, television, Internet, and radio there has been a huge shift in how American society functions. As the world changed, media changed as well. It had to adapt, or it would have been forgotten. This shift is where I believe that the media lost its real purpose: informing the citizens of the nation with the information that was important to them. Unfortunately, the shift brought a new purpose to media: profits. For example, today, media congestion is a real issue, with 6-10 news networks, 10 weekly news magazines, countless radio talk shows, and Cable TV which has 24/7 news broadcasts. At one time,in the 1970s, there were only 3 major news networks ABC, NBC, and CBS, which only had a single 30 minute news broadcast a day. In the article, Real Media Bias:Profits article, it talks about how the media will try to remain unbiased to make a profit. By being unbiased, newspapers can sell to audiences of all political parties. The media once used Watchdog Journalism, in which reporters wait to report on stories exposing government scandal and wrongdoing; compared to the methods used today where reporters use Yellow Journalism (the use of sensational headlines to grab the reader's attention) and Horse-Race Journalism (the reporting of where a candidate stands in the polls compared to how they stand on issues). In the textbook, it stated that in 2000, 89% of the people interviewed stated that they felt the media focused on politics, instead of events happening around the nation or world. By using Watchdog Journalism, newspapers and media sources could get the in-depth information about topics the readers/viewers really are interested in: where candidates stand on issues, new laws, or bills that are being proposed. Instead, much of the media is focusing on topics such as poll ratings that are only important to politicians. So, the purpose of media has changed from being a source that reports on all sides of an important issue to a source that is very repetitive in the way that it reports information that is less important or interesting to the public. J.J.G
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:57 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The Media should go back to their "old school" ways of serving as a watchdog, providing credible information to inform a participatory public. As we have learned through class discussions, textbook readings, and supplemental readings the Media has been too concerned with how much money they will make. According to the Real Media Bias: Profit article, "Instead of keeping tabs on the people in power, the Media has become a powerhouse themselves. The Media views the public service as being too costly, and choose to go with the cheapest option possible". A prime example of the Media being a powerhouse is Media companies like Disney and News-Corp are in control of 90% of the Media (Disney controls ABC, ESPN, PIXAR, and more) . If the Media would focus on reporting credible news to the public instead of worrying about how much money they will make citizens would be more knowledgeable about current events and political issues. -NM
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:50 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe the purpose of journalism is to inform the public with accurate and digestible information as well as monitor the political happenings of elected officials. The media provides all of the insight that voters have on policy changes so it is their duty to spread the facts and call out injustices made by those who represent Americans. If the media continues to spend its time and resources spreading exaggerated content, the public will continue to distrust the media. That divide between media outlets and voters will not only keep the public ignorant but decrease profits for the companies who participate in yellow journalism. And I disagree with the notion that running for office gives the public right, morally not legally, to expose every mistake of your past. Airtime is precious and I do not think it should be wasted by stories about what happens in the privacy of official’s homes or their personal endeavors that do not impact their policy opinions. ~S. S.
Media blog
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:43 AM by [anonymous visitor]
AP 1st I believe that the medias sole purpose is to educate and inform the american people with honestly and openness. Watch dog journalism may be pesky to government officials, but they are doing their job, letting go of the truth in oder for the american public to be connected to their government. Media is essential, becuase the public can not possibly find all the stories and scandals themselves. In a democracy it is essential the media does this. The media also brings current issue and policies into light. Giving these issues time and space, writing and talking about them all effect the way the public may take them all in. The media is also very powerful because they make the public think, by them cover out their and then its on our minds, they make us think. Thats why I beleive in watchdog journalism over Yellow journalism anyday. Yellow journalism doesn tmake us think, it injects false ideas and stories into our mind, giving us a false reality of our government. In The Real Media Bias it focuses on profit, and how profit is a media companies main goal. The articlle states that “The real bias in media these days is not ideological but financial”, this means the bias is no longer conservative or liberal, but what sells. The media is now focusing on what grabs viewers attention, and not what enlightens the public. Decisions about broadcasting or printing now come down to one question “Does it make money?”. However it wasnt always like this, in a different time long ago the media actially did their job, focused on the facts and not on what sells, and what only sells.
E.B.
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:34 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Media plays a large role in politics. It has the ability to influence public opinion and sets policy agendas which draw attention to certain issues. Because of this, journalists and government memebers are dependent of each other since the media informs the public. When it comes to medias purpose, I believe that the media should inform and educate the public of important issues and policies in our country. Unfortunately, now a days people and the media tend to focus in on stories deemed interesting and somewhat dramatized to bring in viewers. However, this is not how the media should operate. Rather than using sensationalism and horse race journalism, journalists should focus on providing credible and relevant information that would adequately inform the public. Only covering the positions of the candidates in the race prevents the public from learning about what is actually important - their views and platforms. The best way for the media to effectively communicate the on goings in the government to the public is to partake in watchdog journalism. Watchdog journalism involves tactics like fact checking, interviewing government officials, and investigative journalism. Most citizens only have a basic understanding of politics and may be misinformed or uninformed on certain issues within our country. With watchdog journalism, people are able to attain credible coverage of political issues and public policies. Watergate is an example of investigative journalismm that brought attention to government wrong doings and informed the masses of real issues. Overall,  yellow journalism, sensationalism, and news coverage for the purpose of gaining viewers is not the best way to inform the public of politcal issues. Since it is a journalists job to educate others to the best of their ability, they should rely on watchdog journalism to present the public with credible and relevant information.
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:24 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe journalism should be used to provide facts and information to the public, even if it means putting political candidates on that spot and exposing any wrongdoings of theirs. Watchdog journalism is when the media informs the public about on-goings in society. Rather than trying to become the best media source on the network, media should focus on informing the public about important credible information that the public would react to and push for changes. If the public is informed rather than watching news for fun or unnecessary activities going on in society, then they can react to what’s going on in politics and change their opinions as necessary. -AG
Real Media Bias
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:17 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The purpose of journalism should be that the news should be told and it should be told accurately. I agree with the “old school” opinion of the media. The watchdog group that provides credible information to inform the public is how journalism should be. The most recent occurence of credible news was about seventeen years ago, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The text “The Real Media Bias: Profits” states, “During the days and weeks that followed Sept. 11, news organizations seemed to forget about profits and concentrated on serving the public. Television networks suspended commercials. Newspapers put out extra editions and expanded their news holes to accommodate badly sought after information about terrorism here and abroad.” News these days are all about unimportant information or profits and the wealth of others. The people are derived of facts that matter. It leads them to lose trust in modern journalism and the government altogether. -AB
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:10 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Before reading the textbook and The Real Media Bias, I was not aware of the drastic shift political journalism overcame. Journalism was once a watchdog group. A watchdog group watches the government to report issues or illegal acts. It was a loyal and upfront way of presenting information to the public, yet regulations are now focused on sensationalism. Sensationalism is not an authentic way of presenting information to the public. I believe journalism should act as a watchdog group because it provides individuals with the most reliable information. It allows citizens to react to the useful information and allows them to make rational political decisions. Journalism should not be a way of reporters doing what they can to draw viewers and subscribers. This way of documenting can be violent, both figuratively and literally. For example, reporter, William Randolph Hearst, used sensationalism. Hearst’s articles influenced for “war with Spain when the Cubans rebelled against Spanish rule”. Many government officials were against the war, but Hearst, as well as many other newspaper reporters, sparked a public interest for war through their aggressive writing. Even though superior government workers exclaimed that there would be no war, Hearst announced “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” Hearst developed a battle through his writing, for which President McKinley fell into the public’s pressure and declared a war in 1898. Without the romanticized writing, the public would not have been drawn into Hearst’s exaggerated articles. Journalism ought to be authentic, aggressive stories lead to violence, while if the watchdog group approach was used, a war could have been avoided. Journalism should provide the public with valuable information they need and should know. This can be accomplished with the watchdog group, which includes evaluating government official’s statements, interviewing significant individuals, investigating an event, and gathering information during government meetings. Watchdog journalism protects the public and documents important situations. A more significant example of the watchdog group is the watergate story. Gary Hart was running for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, but the Miami Herald found out he was unfaithful to his wife. Hart was exposed to having an affair with a woman named Donna Rice. The watchdog group allowed the public to access useful information about a potential presidential candidate. I believe watchdog journalism is the best way the public can access their political information. It is a way of preventing abuse and warning citizens of the inappropriate actions government officials take part in. Although sensationalism is quickly expanding, watchdog journalism is the most beneficial to the public, for which it acts as a guardian to citizens while sensationalism acts as a source of gossip. Source: textbook L.I.
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:16:01 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The purpose of journalism is to report the most relevant information to the public. This information is meant to aid the public in making decisions that are dependent on what is presented. I agree with the “old school” opinion of media since it revolves around presenting pertinent info to the public. Unlike yellow journalism, watchdog journalism doesn’t attempt to sway the opinions of the audience by showing distracting events. Instead, all of the information that is presented in watchdog journalism relates directly to politics. An example of yellow journalism and its counterintuitive effects is the Bill Clinton sex scandal. Informing the public about the affair that the former president may have been having does nothing in the long term in terms of politics and how the government functions. Another example of a similar situation is the Toronto mayor and his use of crack cocaine. Although this affects his trustworthiness as an individual, this again does nothing for the long term when looking to advance policy drafting and congressional decision making. In both class-mentioned examples, all that the yellow journalists did when publishing their news was create a giant ruse for attention. The individuals that they exposed may not have been the best people, but they are human and prone to mistakes. But most importantly, these mistakes have nothing to do with how they plan to contribute to the complete work of the government. If journalists were truly serious about advancing the government by involving the people through their media, they would not report on things that would go against that. J.C.
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:15:51 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I’m conflicted on what I feel journalism should be or should become in the coming years. As much as i’d like to believe I want just the facts and to be informed by credible journalists, I really just don't think I’d consume that like I consume stories mixed with entertainment like “Last Week Tonight” and “the Colbert Report”. I need some level of entertainment to make the news digestible. For example, recently the JFK assassination files became public and that's something I’d be interested in, but I haven’t even thought of droning through the files and transcripts because that’d be awfully boring. I’m going to wait for someone I enjoy to do a story about it. That being said I don't exactly know where to go when I do just want the facts. Every news outlet now seems to be so colored by party affiliations and agendas that I don't know who to trust. I think that really there's a market for both types. In a perfect world I’d like to keep the newer, easy to digest, entertaining journalism that I do consume, but also have a place I can trust to give me the objective truth like the old way of journalistic watch dogs. JM
Media
Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:15:39 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Journalism: the concept of preparing, writing, or recording for different mediums, such as newspapers, blogs, magazines, or preparing news to be broadcast. Journalism is a powerful, informing tool which connects Americans and politics, issues, policies, and occurrences. How Americans receive information correlate to an individual’s reception of such issues; will they agree, disagree, remain impartial, etc.? Americans prefer truths and detest lies. Americans cannot gather all news on their own; therefore, we rely on the media to form our structure of knowledgeable information. Journalists must be “old school” watchdogs and inform the public of credible information about American-tied issues and occurrences that occur both within the U.S government and overseas. Journalists must act as this connecting string between the array of Americans, politicians, and government. While America has experienced extreme changes, journalism should not reflect the new techniques to draw viewers, but rather embody the “old school” opinion of the media and inform citizens of credible information. Americans depend on the media to receive credible information and not false lies about politics, government, and America’s oversea relationships. While Margo Hammond and American Government hints that the media is biased--more liberal--about information due to “profit margins” and the editor's’ ability to write about selected issues, we learned in class that the press should be neutral and objective. Journalists must provide Americans with unbiased, credible facts and allow Americans to interpret information as they please, rather than being provided with already biased opinions. For example, journalists must not draw viewers with bold headlines or obscene content; for example, by titling Obamacare articles as “Stupidity of American voters” would halt the progress of Americans formulating their own opinions about Obamacare. Journalists must provide a title of “Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act” in allow readers and viewers an unbiased source with facts to pick-and-choose to align with (Viebeck, CBS News). Americans strive to interpret information individually, without a media provided bias and therefore, Journalists should supply strong, credible, neutral facts and not weak, opinionated information. While Americans prefer to receive unbiased facts, no longer do Americans flock to mediums, such as a nightly news show, to receive unbiased, credible information. As illustrated by Martin Wattenberg, from 1974 to 2002 the frequency of Americans to watch nightly news has decreased dramatically; as stated in class, half of all Americans used the internet to get political news in 2008. The introduction of technology compels Americans to turn to the internet to receive much of its information regarding the U.S government. Billion dollar companies, such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, unfortunately fall under the spell of new-day journalism and play as watchdogs to expose Americans to juicy scandals, unimportant issues, and biased pieces about the U.S government and society. Many Americans ponder over subject bias in the media, being liberal or conservative, and the specific news printed, broadcasted, and put on the internet. When deciding whether or not a topic should be covered, American journalists reflect over the following question, “Does it make money?” (Hammond). Like a lion waiting on its prey, American businesses and citizens are run by money and the constant demand to gain more green. Compared to a game of heads-up-seven-up, journalists hope Americans will choose their broadcast, station, or article, with the journalistic goal of money in mind. To achieve a grand profit, the national media acts as a viewer-drawing gatekeeper by influencing what subjects become national issues and for what duration of time (Wilson, Dilulio, Bose). However, this gatekeeper method forces news stations to reflect changing technological times and wrongly abandon the “old school” opinion of media by bringing attention to unimportant occurrences. This abandonment of credible information proves ineffective and harmful to American viewers as it provides a wrong perception of the actual, worthy news at hand. Scrolling through CNN or Fox News, one is presented with “old school abandoning” headlines such as “8 dead in New York terror attack...House GOP struggles with tax plan” (CNN, Fox News). The media selectively chooses which subjects to cover based on the American audience and what will attract humans to read, view, or listen to a topic. Regarding the most recent terror attack in New York City, the media must act as an efficient “old school” bridge between the American people and politics by one, informing Americans of the attack, two, illustrating the reaction of President Trump, and three, providing the insight of Homeland Security and its future actions against terrorism. Journalists must have the function to inform Americans with credible information and, unlike Margo Hammond’s explanation of news being “crammed with celebrity, disaster and crime reports, and manufactured news,” it must not be a “weapon of mass destruction” but rather a wand giving unbiased facts to the American people. It is inappropriate for CNN to publish an article titled “New York Times executive accused of lewd sexual harassment” because, let’s be honest Americans, we want to focus on important issues, and not one's sex scandal. Americans need credible, worthy information from the media and journalists need our money: it’s a win-win situation as long as journalists continue to please its audience. Trust between the American public and the government is crucial in politics. Rather than taking extreme measures to lure viewers or subscribers, journalists must bridge this sense of trust by providing credible information to the public. Money is important to politics, yet the most important way to gain “ bonus points” is to inform Americans of red, white, and blue information and sprout their knowledge about an informative topic. --SB
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Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:15:27 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The purpose of Journalism should be to inform, and keep the public involved and up to date in politics as possible. Journalism should offer information to the public, for those who want to know what is going on in our government have the ability to know. Under our constitution, the US public has the right to know what issues arise in our country, and what the government does to handle these certain issues. Using the media, and journalism is prime way to inform the public, especially in the 21st century, where media has become a main access point to reach publics minds. Journalism should not be used to tell tall tales in order to gain viewers. It should be purposely used to spread useful and current information. Newspapers such as the Plain dealer, or new York times, who uses their papers to tell the public about social, political, and economic news that the public should be informed about. Unlike newspapers that represent tabloids, that the information they provide, although may draw in viewers, is not reliable information, and often times is not the full truth.
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Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:15:15 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Journalism should remain as a neutral source of information for the American public, which solely serves as a means of educating. As it has been in the past, journalism should be a ‘watchdog’, which leads to a fairer system. Many agencies have been involved in controversy in modern times for misinformation and clear biases towards certain issues, and the public in turn puts less trust in these agencies, which is harmful to both parties. Less credible news agencies leads to a less informed public. Media using the tactic of ‘yellow journalism’, adding sensationalism to news, has only worsened the situation, despite being done to attempt and draw in more attention and therefore revenue. This is shown by various graphs and studies showing both media trust and viewership are both down significantly in the past 20 or so years, showing a failure to stay in touch with the American public. If journalistic agencies were to abandon this and rather stuck to the original ideals and motives of journalism, a much better relationship would be formed between media and the American people. -MG
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:21:50 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The purpose of journalism should be to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments. I tend to agree with the “old school” opinion of the media as a watchdog group, providing credible information to inform a participatory public. However, that is not the main focus of media and journalism in todays world. The media and journalism seems to bebe focused on the wrong things. We often see things such as horse race journalism which is a practice which journalist and reporters use in regards to government coverage and campaign coverage with emphasis on who is gaining or losing, not on what is being done about issues. We also see a lot of yellow journalism which is Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers. In the real media bias article it explains that ¨instead of hiring investigative reporters to keep politicians honest, newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers¨.The media tends to be extremely biased. As explained in the textbook, the national media can influence what subjects become national political issues and for how long. The term to describe this is gatekeeper. Gatekeeping can be dangerous, since it can lead to an abuse of power by deciding what information to discard and what to let pass although it is essential to influence viewers. The media also gets to decide who is winning and losing in Washington D.C. and keeps trach of political reputations. Scorekeeping leads the press to cover presidential elections as if they were horse raches rather than choices among policies. I believe the media should always be honest and report everything as it happens, not to report to attract viewers for more money. As citizens, we should know the truth behind the candidates that may become the president and leaders of our country. It is only fair to know the good and ugly of every candidate. However, I do not believe that the media should only be focused on the role of watchdog. Only exposing scandals and secrets does not provide any useful information on where candidates stand on issues and what they believe. I believe that it is wrong to use the wrongdoings and the pasts of candidates to make cases against them. Everyone makes mistakes and it should not be the spotlight of their careers. This is why I believe the media needs to go back to its old school ways and provide its audience with credible information in order to educate the people on the candidates they may be voting for. -ND
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:21:14 AM by [anonymous visitor]
After reading The Real Media Bias, I agree with the fact that journalism has significantly changed, providing stories with less substance in order to gain a profit. As we learned in class, the media sets the agenda for the public discourse, acting as the “gatekeeper,” and influencing which subjects become national news. They hold the the power to choose what our country is talking about, yet most of what they choose are segments that are “pre-packaged formulas bought from consultants, “ instead of in-depth reports from abroad. In the past decade there has been a rise of “endless entertainment features and talk shows that shed more heat than light. Crammed with celebrity interviews, disaster and crime reports, punditry and manufactured news.” When we, the people of of our country, are uninformed on the events going on in our country it becomes an issue, especially when the source of our information is unreliable. As the article says, the media is “becoming a weapon of mass distraction.” I believe that the media should resort to the “old school” methods of being a watchdog group if that means giving the public more in-depth and factual news coverage. As the article states, what the media does now is, “instead of hiring investigative reporters to keep politicians honest, newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers.” This needs to change. Being a citizen in our country means that we play a part in shaping how our country is run, even if it is minute. In order to properly participate, the public needs to be provided with credible information. As the article states, the media "must get better, not worse, to retain the loyalty of readers. If they fail to get better, newspapers will continue to shrink - in size, in quality, in importance. This would be tragic, because no other news medium can fill the role that good newspapers play in informing the country." MD
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:21:07 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I don’t believe there is an “duty” journalism has. The first amendment guarantees the right to freedom of speech, as such media outlets should be able to print whatever they want to. If an outlet wishes to pursue the truth, and act as a watchdog/information group then they have that express right. Likewise, if a media outlet wishes to do what it wants to gather viewers they have that right as well. Everyone else in the country wants to make money. Journalists choosing a certain profession does not absolve them of that. If the public truly desires the “old school” media, journalism will shift itself to what the public wants in order to make a profit. After all, as Margo Hammons points out in The Real Media Bias: Profits, “news decisions are subjected solely to an accounting test: "Does it make money?” The recent shift towards sensational news happened because people were buying it. People were interested and that made them profits. If the public is truly interested in “old school” news, that it what they will buy, that is what will sell, and therefore that is what media outlets will produce. Either way, outlets still have their first amendment right to produce what they want,old school or new school, and nobody except the government can take that from them. They can do what they want, and we should let them as the system will work itself out.-YS
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:20:59 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that the purpose of journalism relies on the watchdog group. Watchdog journalism provides the public with the honest truth about what is happening within the government. Democracy depends on having informed citizens in order for them to be able to participate in the government. Incidents like the watergate and Vietnam prove that American’s were being left out of the details that they had the right to know. As opposed to types of journalism, like horse-race journalism or yellow journalism, that only present information that is not very relevant, watchdog journalism goes in depth to the goings on of the government. It is much more important for citizens to know all the details of a story rather than an exaggerated headline or a candidate's standing in the polls. Other types of journalism are motivated by money and only produce an eye-catching story in order to sell more. Watchdog journalism is effective in the way that it focuses solely on the details. The article “The Real Media Bias: Profits” revealed, “giving the media the role of watchdog is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions. News matters.” The watchdog group is the best way of journalism because it lets the information speak for itself and is not driven by money. AP
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:20:33 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Over the past few decades, the media has drastically transformed. All forms of media--broadcast, print, and internet--have changed their views of what the media should do. Instead of presenting officals opinions, broadcasters focus on how candidates and officials do in the polls, this is also known as horse race journalism. The internet focuses on scandals and more of talbot-like news to attract younger generations to the political scene and increase profits. And lastly, print media (even though it is more full of details and facts) uses yellow journalism to attract readers to their stories and increase profits. I believe that these tactics and new focuses that the media has developed overtime is wrong and the media is not using their real purpose: to inform the government. The so called “old school” media that acted more like “watchdogs” is more beneficial to our society. It may not be as profitable for the companies, but their purpose is to inform the society about our government, not generate large sums of money. The article The Real Media Bias agrees that the media should resort back to their old tactics as they state, “ In a democracy, giving the media the role of watchdog is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions. News matters.” The article also mentions how the media is only concerned with their profit, their end all goal being to make the most money as possible. As a result of this, “instead of hiring investigative reporters to keep politicians honest, newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers.” In order for a democracy to function, the media needs to be honest and informative. Currently, it is doing neither of those things. The government relies on the media to portray their information to the citizens, and the citizens rely on the media to deliver these messages efficiently and honestly. Instead, the media delivers “juicy stories” that have no bearing on what is actually going on. This is why the media is losing more and more trust with citizens, and they could ultimately end up with less profit than if they reported real news that helped citizens create informed opinions. Today, the media aims to entertain its viewers rather than do their job. Today’s “news” is hardly news since it is full of scandals, rumors, and mindless chatter. To fix this problem, the media should redirect their goals and consider the impacts of becoming “watchdogs” again. Maybe, this could cause our country to be more united and increase political knowledge and participation. -MA
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:20:24 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Journalism is very important in Americans’ life. It reports on/provides citizens with updates, information, and in news in general. However the news media has become more and more filled with what seems to be less facts and more gossip and drama- things that will capture people’s attention. But that shouldn’t be the case. It seems as if journalism has shifted its intent. Margo Hammond in her article ‘The Real Media Bias: Profits’ describes how “newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers. Instead of reporting on what government is doing, local stations offer ‘action news,’ segments that appear to be investigative reports...but which are really pre-packaged formulas bought from consultants.” Today, media stations simply just want to make money. It’s a competitive arena, and each network wants to be on top. In order to do so, they set their agenda by choosing which stories and topics to portray to citizens. In my opinion, this shouldn’t be the case. Americans receive their news mainly through the media. It’s how they stay connected to what’s going on in the government, and how they are educated about the policy making that is occurring within it. I think that the media needs to focus on the facts more than the money. After all, the media is how we stay informed. How can we stay informed on the government when we are being informed on the newest celebrity updates? In addition, Hammond states that “During the days and weeks that followed Sept. 11, news organizations seemed to forget about profits and concentrated on serving the public.” She says how this was the last time the news focused primarily on the facts opposed to the profits. But it should not take a disaster to happen to our country for the news to finally realize that Americans just want relevant information. In order for a democracy to work, it needs informed citizens. Informed on what the government is doing, informed on the policies that are being made so that they can become involved in it. The media chooses topics that they know will generate money because it will get the public riled up or form strong opinions on. And some topics like that are worth covering because it can lead to great changes for the country. However, when the media news is filled with irrelevant information, it’s doing no good. The media needs to encompass credible, reliable information that can help Americans grow stronger as educated individuals and move the country forward. CD
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:20:18 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that journalism should reflect changing times, and do what it can to get the attention of viewers and subscribers. When discussing trends in class about the media, over time it has showed that there has been a shift from newspapers to the internet as well as what is being inputted in the media. As it states in the article, The Real Media Bias: Profits, " In a democracy, giving the media the role of watchdog is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions. News matters. But fewer and fewer media institutions are engaging in it, say Downie and Kaiser. '' In the past reporters have respected politicians and kept their scandals hidden, but now the press is using attack journalism and yellow journalism to draw in viewers and subscribers. This is because the media is being run by big corporations who base what stories should be run and not run off of if it would make money. Because of this, "Newspapers have shrunk their reporting staff and the space they devote to news." due to this the media drifting away from news as it doesn't draw in as much attention and money the corporations want it to. Journalism has shifted to writing about news to writing about what interests people, "The owners and managers of local television stations feel little obligation to provide coverage of government, politics or civic affairs in return for the free airwaves they use, or the First Amendment protections they enjoy," they write." Nowadays people aren't as interested in the government and civic affairs or else they would be reading newspapers vs. blogs (newspapers have the most detailed information) instead they want to read about scandals or disaster and crime reports. Because of this journalism has to reflect what the viewers want and write about these topics in order to continue and maintain an audience. B.F.
Media
Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:20:00 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that the media should go back to it’s roots of being a watchdog group that makes it easy for the public to get credible information. According to the article, “Real Media Bias: Profits” by Margo Hammond, “giving the media the role of watchdog is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions”. Without reporters investigating the scandals and wrongdoings of government officials, everyday citizens won’t ever be exposed to that information. We learn what’s going on in government from media sources, so it is their responsibility to give the people the news they need, not the news that gives broadcasting companies the most money. In the article, Hammond says, “The real bias in media these days is not ideological but financial”. Networking companies must cover the stories that interest people like celebrity news or cute animals in order to get viewers. However, those stories don’t give real news, it’s only for entertainment. This has become a real problem in the media lately. I believe that it dangerously urges people to ignore real issues and creates a society that moves on much too quickly from events. For instance, the Las Vegas shooting is already forgotten. I don’t hear others talk about it anymore, and I don’t see it when I watch the nightly news. Americans prefer to ignore the things that make them uncomfortable until something horrible like a shooting directly affects them. If the media moves on from these issues, then the people move on from those issues, and no one is influencing people in politics to do anything to prevent future occurrences. The media exists for the people, and the way it functions today is not in the people’s best interests. J.P.
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:19:52 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I agree with the old school method of media as being a watchdog. With the new media types: yellow journalism, attack journalism, etc., the participatory public is getting less and less credible information. The media needs to focus less on the horse race journalism which is just showing the polls and not focusing on the candidates policies and beliefs. Media is all based on profit and that is shown in the article The Real Media Bias: Profits, they focus on how the media's new purpose is to gain viewers and subscribers and lead with the big stories that are usually scandalous and have nothing to do with politics except for the fact that a politician is involved. When the media didn’t focus on profit and when they actually covered candidate's ideology more people viewed the nightly network news (Based of the Gannon Polls). After the events of Watergate and the Vietnam War politics and media didn’t mix well. These events are what sparked the new media outlook which has its benefits but also its disservices. People now tend to believe there is a natural media bias that leans toward one side of the political spectrum, but when studies are done they show that the media is fairly neutral. This all comes back to the new media bias and how it affects viewers by bringing the most interesting stories even if information is what is being looked for. -AF
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:19:42 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The purpose of journalism should be to provide credible information to the public, so they are aware of what is happening in their government. An example is the role of the media as a watchdog, or exposing government scandals and wrongdoings.According to The Real Media Bias: Profits, this is one of the best ways to “hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions”. The media has a duty to report this news to citizens because they need to know what is going on in their own country- even if it is bad or embarrassing. For example, the release of the Watergate Scandal revealed the true actions of government officials and caused the public to realize that the government isn’t always trustworthy. Since democracy requires informed citizens so they can make informed decisions in voting for certain issues or officials, the media must report truthful information. As stated in the textbook, politicians and the media need each other. If the media doesn’t present the information they are supposed to, then the politicians won’t get the publicity they need. Print media, such as newspapers, must continue their role in providing relevant and credible news because “no other news medium can fill the role that good newspapers play in informing the country” (Hammond).They are still able to draw in viewers and subscribers by doing this because all the public wants is the truth- not sensationalized news to get more money.Unfortunately, “news decisions are subjected solely to an accounting test: ‘Does it make money?’” (Hammond). The primary goal of trying to make money hurts the public because they are receiving information without substance.  -KN
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:19:35 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe that journalism should stick with the “old school” style, where they provide credible information to inform a participatory public rather than using absurd ways to gain attention. The reason I believe this is because back in class we learned that the public's trust has declined over the years as more yellow journalism and attack journalism appear. Selective attention is also important factor in media because the broadcaster may be spending more than he needs, because there may be people that ignore the broadcast or just not listen at all. People are more likely want to read a magazine with leisure activities and entertainment rather than politics. For example, I personally browse the internet a lot, but I never really focus on the political issues that are occurring, rather I focus on the entertainment just like many my age. There has also been a decrease in newspaper readers of all ages which means that the people who care are the ones left who read it. It would be an annoyance for the people that actually care reading all the yellow journalism that is around these days. -N.N
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:19:08 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe the purpose of journalism is to be a watchdog group, an “old school” opinion of the media, providing credible information to inform a participatory public rather than doing whatever they can to attract viewers and subscribers. The media’s number one priority should be to inform the public what their government and foreign governments are doing. It shouldn’t be to sensationalize news and manipulating the public to obtain more views and money. Up until the 1980s most to all of the nightly news the public watched was from the Big 3: NBC (National Broadcasting Company), ABC (American Broadcasting Company) and CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) in no particular order. Yet now those three media giants hold a smaller share of the public’s viewing. Competition has become more intense in recent years with the advent of CNN (Cable News Network), Fox News and MSNBC, all 24 hour non-stop cable news channels, and over all since the 80’s nearly all age groups are watching the news (nightly and cable news) less on average. So it is understandable that some outlets would want to possibly sensationalize their coverage to attract more viewers yet I view this as abhorrent and disrespectful to the values they should be following. The media should be unbiased and shouldn’t color their coverage to match their views. According to Margo Hammond of the St. Petersburg Times, the real media bias currently is a liberal bias, and a lot of stations seem to throw away stories if it doesn’t make them money. They are cutting people and while as aforementioned above some are sensationalizing news, others are filling their blocks with very cheap stories. So all in all, I believe the media should be a watchdog group that provides credible information to inform the general public. -JB
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:19:02 AM by [anonymous visitor]
After reading the textbook and the article, I believe that journalism should focus less on making money through yellow journalism, and more on providing facts and news to the American people. Even though making money is an important part of journalism and companies in general, it should not be the sole purpose and goal of the different organizations that own media outlets. Because organizations are aiming to only making money, they create a bias in the information we receive. The article says, “The real bias in media these days is not ideological but financial, [...]. Too often, news decisions are subjected solely to an accounting test: ‘Does it make money?’ " Since the media outlets just want to make money, they don’t tell the news how it really is, just in the way that appeals to the most consumers. In my opinion, the media should focus on giving the facts and the whole truth, not just bits and pieces. The media should watch out for the people, and provide them with the information they need to stay alert and informed. In other countries, like my native Guatemala, the people are often left in the dark because of the media being payed off by corrupt officials or organizations to often be over exaggerated or straight up false. They aren’t able to make informed choices when elections occur, and the corrupt officials stay in office. In order to stop that from happening, the media need to stay true to its goals; to inform Americans truthfully. -JM
Media
Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:18:55 AM by [anonymous visitor]
When it comes to staying updated on politicians and our government, we often turn to the media to obtain information. Yet despite the large role it plays in our society, we are finding that a growing majority of our news has become all flash but no substance. I believe the media's main purpose should be to serve as the watchdog for the public and report credible information. By being watchdogs the media would be putting politicians in the public eye, subjecting them to more scrutiny and criticism. Doing so is not only beneficial but also incredibly important for a healthy democracy as it is one of the best ways to hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their actions (The Real Media Bias: Profits). With being one of the public's main connections to the government, media outlets have a large amount of power at their disposal. According to the textbook, experiments and studies done in Connecticut and North Carolina show that what citizens believe about some policy questions reflect what newspapers and TV stations say about them. With having such a large influence, it becomes critical to ensure that the news that is being put out is accurate and credible so that citizens can make informed decisions about the government and in turn be able to be more politically engaged in our democracy. However, media outlets that value providing credible news are becoming a rarity as these values are quickly being replaced by a prioritization of easy profits. That means instead of hiring investigative reporters to keep politicians honest, newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers (The Real Media Bias: Profits). This growing trend is not only harmful to the public consumers of media but also to the media networks themselves.In analyzing one of of our top media types- newspapers- editors Leonard Downie Jr and Robert Kaiser state, " If they fail to get better, newspapers will continue to shrink- in size, in quality, in importance. This would be tragic, because no other news medium can fill the role that good newspapers play in informing the country" (The Real Media Bias: Profits). If the public can't depend on newspapers-or any media for that matter- for honest, informative news, then the public will become less trusting of the media and less likely to consume it. RO
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:18:43 AM by [anonymous visitor]
With the times changing accepting new is good but I do think that the “old school” media and journalism is the best. Journalism today is bias only for one main reason says Margo Hammond in the article The Real Media: Profits, and that is because they are just writing to make a profit. Now the real news is hard to find because journalist are only writing about pop culture and sensational news like sex and violence. There are a number of social media sites now that can give the public their information on pop culture, this should be why journalist stick to educational or credible news. People today are unaware of many important issues and if our journalist would go back to reporting on those issues then our public would be better educated. -rc
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Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:18:36 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Media Blog I believe that the purpose of journalism should be like “old school” journalism as well as a watchdog group. Having the media have the role as a watchdog group will help keep the government along with others accountable for what they do. One reason this type of journalism is better is due to the fact that the people are given the facts, trying to not have a bias when stating them. Many people believe this is not the case in journalism today. For example it states, “Former CBS reporter and producer Bernard Goldberg argues that the quality of the news we receive has declined. Why? Because of a liberal bias in media”. With many more media outlets having a liberal bias it has caused people to not believe everything that is being said. This has also caused less people to watch these media outlets. Along with that, the “old school” opinion of the media did not worry as much as journalist do today about how much money this topic will produce. Today the media presents the topics that they believe will be the most interesting to viewers even though they may not be the most important. This is shown when it says, “The real bias in media these days is not ideological but financial...Too often, new decisions are subjected solely to an accounting test: ‘Does it make money’ “. With them thinking about money over information important topics may be left out or not receive the correct amount of time/attention that it should. Taking these points into consideration I believe that newspapers along with other media outlets will be more valuable if the purpose of journalism was how it used to be. -B.F.
Purpose of Media
Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:18:28 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe the purpose of Journalism is to inform the public about issues small and big. The representation of news presented to public, should shape the people and impact their decisions in life. I side with the “old school” media acting as a watchdog rather than modern day attack journalism. I say this because, nowadays many of the news presented is in the form of yellow journalism, most of the news are filled with sensational headlines, and exaggerated facts that are simply meant to attract more people, for example the article showed in class about the clinton’s daughter and who is her real parent is a type of yellow journalism(Clickbait), the primary motive of journalism in the 21st century according to the article, The Real Media Bias:Profits, is money. During the 1950, many of the news sources and companies were independent and spread out, there used to be around 50 companies in 1980s and right now, there are 6 multi-corporations that own all of the media sources. Companies such as Disney, Time Warner, Clear Channel, Gannet are responsible for the news that is based more on celebrities and gossip, rather than political issues surrounding the world and is turning media into a “weapon of mass distraction”(Hammond 2). If we reinstate the old school media, in which Journalism takes the role of watchdogs, this way we can “hold government and powerful institutions accountable for their own actions”(Hammond 1). Acting as watchdogs we also get credible information on sensitive issues and are more likely to be better prepared to face and manage them, only time this is shown to occur is during a catastrophe such as 9/11 when all sources of media ignored profits and solely worked to inform the public and help answer answers responsible for the attacks. This is truly sad that media companies turn to profits rather than connecting the public to the world. ~MP
Media
Posted 10/31/2017 at 8:18:20 AM by [anonymous visitor]
As understood by most people, the word, “news” means important new information about recent events, and so the purpose of newscasters, or journalists, therefore, is to deliver news. As Margo Hammond says in her article, The Real Media Bias: Profits, news is essential to uphold democracy by linking the people to the government. This argument is fundamentally correct because democracy can only function if citizens can make informed decisions on who to elect and know what exactly the current government is doing. It is therefore imperative for news media to inform the public of the government’s activity to maintain the true rule of the people. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In today’s world, so much of what the news broadcasts is completely irrelevant to informing the public and instead serves a different agenda. Instead of always providing us credible information, today’s electronic media is, “crammed with celebrity interviews, disaster and crime reports, punditry and manufactured news” (Hammond). This flood of extraneous, blaring headlines makes it difficult for many viewers to discern what is actually important to their lives, such as government policy, and what is simply, as Hammond would say, a distraction that obstructs public participation in government, undermining democracy and selling out American political values. The real effects of this can be seen in the results of events as significant as presidential elections, as the limited knowledge of voters can significantly change the outcome. But in the heedless chase of profits, it is no surprise that sensational fake news can attract more attention than real news, which is what a Facebook study of the 2016 election concluded. With the great power of the media, it should nevertheless be their responsibility to supply the electorate with accurate, relevant information, in order to ensure the continuation of American democracy. IY
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:22:15 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe the purpose of journalism should be to provide the public with credible information, also known as being a watchdog group. As a democracy, citizens must be informed on what is happening in the government. Citizens rely on the media for their news, which shapes how they see the world and what they view as important issues. The media acts as an intermediary between the government and the people. Because of this, the media must provide the public with credible information so that everyone is informed of what is going on in the government. One way of doing this is called watchdog journalism, which is exposing government scandals and wrongdoings, such as Watergate and Vietnam. Unfortunately, the media doesn’t always do this. According to Margo Hammond in “The Real Media Bias: Profits,” “Most news organizations, which once served to keep tabs on those in power, are now powerhouses themselves. They are concerned not with public service, which they see as too costly, but with filling up airtime (and newsprint) as cheaply as possible.” The media is focusing on making a profit, so it runs the stories that will provide that. These stories are not frequently about the government and important policies, they are mostly about entertainment, sports, celebrities, etc. Consequently, the public remains uncertain about things going on in the government because their attention is focused elsewhere. For example, media sources will talk about the latest celebrity gossip over talking about the recent bill that was passed by Congress. I believe that journalism needs to remember the role it was originally made for and get back to its roots of reporting needed information about the government to the public, and worry a little less about money. -MM
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:22:07 AM by [anonymous visitor]
The main purpose of journalism should be as a link between the people and the government. Citizens are not able to know what the government does on a daily basis, so it is the responsibility of the media to provide that information to the public. Credible information is vital to a democracy, because citizens need to be able to make informed decisions in elections. The focus today on profits leads media companies to alter what they report. Newspapers and television stations can no longer just share the facts and remain successful. Now, these news sources must exaggerate headlines to draw in viewers and formulate their stances to reflect their current viewers’ opinions in order to keep them. In the article “The Real Media Bias: Profits” the author Margo Hammond mentions, “Too often, news decisions are subjected solely to an accounting test: ‘Does it make money?’” These media companies need to establish a substantial revenue stream to remain competitive in the industry. The problem arises from the shift from locally and independently owned newspapers and journals to large broadcasting corporations who do not always care about the public interest. This all comes at the expense of the American public, the majority of whom want to see an unbiased account of candidates’ policies and government actions. Another important role of the media is as a watchdog. Since the public cannot constantly keep an eye on government officials, we rely on the media to let us know if politicians do anything in particular that would warrant a public reaction. As a watchdog, the media holds government officials accountable for carrying out agendas and acting in the ways for which they were elected. If not, journalists can write stories to inform the public, and they can be voted out of office in the next election. The constant scrutiny makes sure that government officials are doing their jobs properly because they do not want to be publicly criticized. -AR
MM
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:21:59 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I believe media should follow the old school tradition of being a watchdog group and provide credible information for the participatory public. Media that is made to attract viewers and subscribers tends to use “title or clip bait” which is defined by this generation as titles or still photos on the front of videos, magazines or shows that capture viewers attention despite the media’s true information within. People who don’t continue to read into the article or watch the video may interpret the media wrong and with social media today word spreads very fast therefore false information can be spread very quickly throughout society due to this “title or clip bait”. An example of this is three title recently posted about kylie jenner, one suggesting she is marrying jordyn woods, another suggesting she is marrying travis scott and the last one suggesting she is pregnant with Tyga’s baby. All these articles were posted via celebuzz, bet.com and people.com despite the truth all three rumors spread like wildfire over social media which attracted viewers to these website and have kylie a swarm of attention. Due to this is why I believe media should be old school only presenting credible information but due to the first amendment this is nearly impossible. Although the government has to give tv and radio stations a license through the FCC that can not control the internet, social media or magazines/newspapers therefore false information can be spread easily throughout society. My beliefs are strong for the media presenting only true credible information because I don’t believe celebrities, gov officials or any information should be put out of context and twisted. But despite my beliefs the constitution protects the right of freedom of speech, media and film.
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:21:40 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I think media has its place down pretty well in the world. People complain that media just focuses on bad news but people wouldn't pay attention if the news was good. I do think journalism should be used to inform the public because that’s what makes us a democracy. In order to inform the public they have to sell the media. Journalism is both watchdog journalism and changing times. News itself keeps up with the changing times while informing citizens whether it’s about Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian. I think journalism will always do what it can to stay relevant in the world. -KK
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:21:33 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Based on our readings and class discussions, I think that the news reflecting changing times is actually beneficial to the news provided to the public. In the past, political machines controlled the news, so it was very biased towards one candidate or another. According to the Princeton review book, today the media is increasingly less biased, and it provides more objective news to viewers. I believe that this way of reporting allows the audience to get both sides of a story and form their own opinion on an issue. Also, in the article, The Real Media Bias: Profit, Margo Hammond describes that the only bias in media now is money. The current reporting strategies draw in more viewers and subscribers, and therefore more money to the reporters. If a news source is openly liberal or conservative, it could lose thousands or even millions of viewers with opposing opinions. One problem with the drive to draw in as many viewers as possible is that today many reporters will sensationalize news reports to draw in more viewers and money. For example, in the 1890s, news reporters sensationalized and in some cases completely made up events in Cuba in order to draw more subscribers, even though the events were untrue. These reports had dramatic consequences and were one reason that America to went to war with Spain. Although news reports have become sensationalized, the recent reporting is much less biased and provides objective information to the public. JR
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:21:24 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Stories; they have been around for as long as human culture has. As humans, we have a desire to share our experiences with others. Journalism, the practice of sharing not only interesting stories, but information, is the embodiment of the human desire to communicate. However, many believe journalism is deteriorating, being consolidated into mega-corporations whose only worry is lining their pockets with even more green. Margo Hammond, of the St. Petersburg Times, even goes as far as to call the media a “weapon of mass distraction,” and ardently claiming that the media has abandoned its true purpose of being a “watchdog” in the name of making profits. While journalism shouldn’t be dictated by profits, journalism isn’t abandoning its roles, but simply changing to mirror the changing times. The idea of watchdog journalism isn’t outdated, persay, but journalism and the media have evolved from just this attack journalism. With the internet and social media, people can learn about events and issues as they are happening. In this sense, traditional journalism is a middle man being cut out, with movements and stories being spread directly between communities online. Newspapers and TV news is still necessary to confirm facts and stories, but they don’t need as many hard-hitting stories when the scandals have already been exposed online. Also, while Hammond claims the media is just being “crammed” with pointless, fluff news, I believe this silly news serves a purpose. No one can hear about trauma and murder day after day. Sometimes it is comforting to hear about lighter, surface topics in between dark stories. I don’t avidly watch the news because of this reason; I don’t need to learn about all the death and destruction that I can’t fix. I do, however, watch an internet outlet about pop culture. The public does need to be informed about important issues, but if it also wants to know about celebrity gossip, the media can’t be blamed for catering to its demands. --MZ
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:20:52 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Journalism is very important in Americans’ life. It reports on/provides citizens with updates, information, and in news in general. However the news media has become more and more filled with what seems to be less facts and more gossip and drama- things that will capture people’s attention. But that shouldn’t be the case. It seems as if journalism has shifted its intent. Margo Hammond in her article ‘The Real Media Bias: Profits’ describes how “newspapers settle for expanded lifestyle sections that please advertisers. Instead of reporting on what government is doing, local stations offer ‘action news,’ segments that appear to be investigative reports...but which are really pre-packaged formulas bought from consultants.” Today, media stations simply just want to make money. It’s a competitive arena, and each network wants to be on top. In order to do so, they set their agenda by choosing which stories and topics to portray to citizens. In my opinion, this shouldn’t be the case. Americans receive their news mainly through the media. It’s how they stay connected to what’s going on in the government, and how they are educated about the policy making that is occurring within it. I think that the media needs to focus on the facts more than the money. After all, the media is how we stay informed. How can we stay informed on the government when we are being informed on the newest celebrity updates? In addition, Hammond states that “During the days and weeks that followed Sept. 11, news organizations seemed to forget about profits and concentrated on serving the public.” She says how this was the last time the news focused primarily on the facts opposed to the profits. But it should not take a disaster to happen to our country for the news to finally realize that Americans just want relevant information. In order for a democracy to work, it needs informed citizens. Informed on what the government is doing, informed on the policies that are being made so that they can become involved in it. The media chooses topics that they know will generate money because it will get the public riled up or form strong opinions on. And some topics like that are worth covering because it can lead to great changes for the country. However, when the media news is filled with irrelevant information, it’s doing no good. The media needs to encompass credible, reliable information that can help Americans grow stronger as educated individuals and move the country forward. CD
Media
Posted 10/30/2017 at 8:20:10 AM by [anonymous visitor]
In my opinion, media has changed over time, and it has changed for the worse. Journalism’s purpose is supposed to be informing the public on national, state, or local issues, but now the media is just trying to turn into a profit making business. Today media sources are racing to get the story out first, then find out the facts later. In the Real Media Bias:Profits article, it talks about how the media will try to remain as unbiased as possible in order to make a profit; which is the reason why media has changed for the worse. The media was a Watchdog Journalism(exposing government scandal and wrongdoing) but now they are a Horse-Race Journalism(focusing on where the candidates stand in the polls, not where they stand on issues). The public criticizes the media because this information is useless, because it doesn’t help the voters choose the best candidate. The media moved towards getting the information out quickly to make a profit, instead of reporting the news the public wanted to hear. The use of Yellow Journalism(using sensational headlines to grab attention) has also been used to make a profit by selling headlines to make money. In reference to the article, newspapers try to keep as unbiased as possible to sell to people of all political parties not just the one the newspaper favors, but no matter how unbiased a newspaper said they were, there would still be bias from editors, reporters, or publishers. The only reason why people argue that there is major bias in the media stems from how they perceive the news. A event for one person might be considered heroic while a person from a different political party would think that the event was a major setback. A major example of this is when the political parties rewrite their party platform. In a study done before 2000, 89% of the public interviewed said that the media had too much political coverage of backgrounds and scandals, and not enough coverage of the issues. Since there is a growing distrust between the media and the government, the topics of these stories have gotten more personal that previously in U.S. history. Before the 1970s, cases like Franklin Roosevelt's Polio or John F. Kennedy’s meetings with women other than his wife, were never covered. But after Watergate and the Iran-contra issue, the media has dove into the public lives of candidates and discovered Bill Clinton’s affair in 1992. The influence of media has grown over time. Before the 1970s, there were only 3 major news networks; ABC, NBC, and CBS which each had only a single 30 minute news show a day. But today, we have an oversaturation of news: 6-10 news networks, 10 weekly newsmagazines, countless radio talk shows, and countless cable TV networks. These cable networks air 24 hour news broadcasts. Because there is so much competition for viewer attention/ profit, media outlets use Yellow Journalism or Horse-Race Journalism and do not report on other news that the viewers might be interested in. J.J.G
3 - Third Parties
Posted 9/19/2017 at 2:39:05 PM by Ryan Pubentz [staff member]

Based on the readings and class discussions, Are third parties good or bad for American elections and politics? Explain why or why not?

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Third Parties
Posted 9/28/2017 at 9:12:33 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties are #3 in polling, but #1 in my heart. Despite never winning an election, and besides the election of 1912, never even coming close, third parties play an important role in the US political process. Whether they are disrupting political culture, shaping the focus of the American people, or splitting a party vote, third parties squeeze their way into relevance in a big way. This involvement is good for the United States. The Simpsons video we watched in class pokes fun at third parties saying a vote for a third party is a vote thrown away. Yes I believe in a sense that this is true but to a lot of Americans that option to vote third party is important. A third party vote is an option to escape the crushing polarization of the current state of politics. A third party vote is a way to voice that you don't align with these two extremes. The option for third parties to exist is symbolic of the freedom that America claims to provide. Without third parties, if you don't agree with one party or the other, your only option is to not vote or show support for something you don't support in any sense. That's not freedom, there's very little choice in a two party system. In order for America to truly be free, the option for third parties to exist must be present. Even though no third party has ever won an election, it’s ignorant to believe they shouldn't exist and will never win in the future. If at some point the American people get fed up with the two parties already in place, and there's no alternative, the public as a whole is in a bad spot. In my opinion third parties are most important and good for that reason. More choices for the people. JM
Third Party Blog
Posted 9/26/2017 at 9:12:42 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties are good for American politics because they bring more issues to the attention of political elites and weaken the power of parties, allowing candidates to be chosen by their personal merit instead of by the party affiliation. In the video we watched in class, the political scientist said “They don’t win, but they sometimes make a difference” in reference to third party candidates taking votes from the two major political parties. In my opinion, that difference is almost always positive because I don’t believe that the two largest parties should have rule over public opinion. In the political parties article, it talks about how more and more of the american population are considering themselves indepent. I would argue, along with others brought up in the article, that this adds more fairness to politics due to the merging lines between the republican and democratic parties. It is true that third parties have weakened the two party system but I believe that is for the better. The less power there is within these groups, the more democratic our system can become and the less corrupt it could become. ~SS
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:48 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third Parties have never been successful in America. The most successful third party there has ever been was Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party. Even then, Teddy Roosevelt only won about 16% of the total electoral votes. This was a huge step for third parties, but still was not remotely close to winning a presidential election. In this instance, third parties were proven to be a good thing for America. Despite the loss of the Bull Moose Party, Woodrow Wilson realized that the US citizens supported Roosevelt’s ideas. As a result of this, President Wilson adopted some of Roosevelt’s platforms. According to the article Why The Election of 1912 Changed America, the social reform of the Bull Moose Party highlighted the right of the people to rule with “the initiative, the referendum, and the direct primary, which exalted not the "grassroots" but mass opinion.” Not every third party has had a positive influence on America though. In 2010 the Tea Party won over the Senate and the House’s favor as many Republicans got elected and identified themselves as members of the Tea Party. Their overall goal was to lower national debt, which has ceased to happen. Now, according to the article Tea Party Victory Opens Rift Between Moderate and Conservative Republicans, there is a greater split between the Republican party as these efforts failed. In this case, the rise of a third party has left a negative influence on America. So, are third parties good or bad? I say they can have both a positive and negative influence on American politics, depending on the party you’re talking about. As Mr. Pubentz says, “third parties will never win, but they can sometimes make a difference.” Sometimes their difference is positive, like the Bull Moose Party, and sometimes it’s not, like the Tea Party. -MA
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:39 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties have never won an American election. Even Teddy Roosevelt couldn’t be the exception to that fact. That being said, third parties can definitely sway elections. The votes in the 1912 election would have looked very different without the Bull Moose Party. With the Bull Moose as the perfect example, the main function of third parties in American politics is to take votes away from one of the major parties. A republican voting for a third party may as well be voting democrat. Some American voters don’t understand this and will vote for a moderate third party because they side with their outlook more, not realizing that they just threw away their vote to the other side. By voting for their first choice voters effectively elect not their second choice, but their third. Conversely, people who understand this flaw in the system will try and use it as a strategy to sabotage the opposing major party by voting third party. “At least so and so won’t get elected” is the logic behind it. Third parties aren’t inherently bad. In fact, they provide immense political diversity and equality in Europe’s multi party systems. However, with the US’s extremely dominant two parties, third parties just muddle political waters and add a potential extra layer of corruption. The chances that a third party candidate will win a general election are just laughable so any vote for them is either misguided or strategic. In any case, it could potentially lead the opposite outcome from what voters want. If the US can somehow weaken the two dominant parties and introduce a believable third party American elections could become more representative and depolarize, but that prospect is less than unlikely. -PY
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:30 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third Parties Third parties; the parties that never win. Yet even though they may not win an election, they are important to American elections and politics. They raise issues that need to be discussed and can in fact alter election results if they gain enough support and attention. Third parties, while they may be but small, can definitely be influential. Being a two party system, it’s hard for third parties to have election success in the United States. The Democratic and Republican parties have held control for a while now and will continue to do so. However, third parties can alter these elections. For example, in the article “Is It Time For a Third Party?” by Upfront it describes how “After Roosevelt, a two-term Republican president (1901-09), lost the Republican nomination in 1912, he helped found the Progressive Party and ran on that ticket. He won 27 percent of the vote, but drew enough support away from the Republican candidate, William H. Taft, that Democrat Woodrow Wilson won”. Third parties can in fact change the outcome of elections. Taft would have gotten more votes if Roosevelt had not run for the third party, and because Roosevelt did so, he helped to make individuals aware of the parties’ influence. The parties may not win it all, but they can either help or prevent another party from winning by pulling more votes away. In addition, Teddy Roosevelt helped give rise to progressivism and gave more people a chance to voice their opinions. In the article “Why the Election of 1912 Changed America” it states, T.R.'s bolt from the Republican party freed him to make a bolder, more consistent defense of ‘pure democracy’ than Wilson, who, as the nominee of the Democrats, was necessarily more constrained by the structure and organizational practices of the traditional two-party system. In disdaining party politics, and the local self-government it embodied, T.R. gave voice to progressive faith in the American people's aspiration for social justice, and to the responsibility of leaders to give effect to these aspirations. Roosevelt, by being a representative for the third party, helped to make aware the concerns many people had about American society. He helped advocate what many people wanted to through his success he helped attain for the party. Third parties help to shed light on various issues and gain attention, as many parties strive to do so such as the Progressives. Third parties will not bring a victory, but they do in fact help shape American politics. They take votes away from the two major parties which can alter election results, and raise awareness on certain issues that they base their party on. They may be small and not as successful as the Republican or Democratic parties, but they can in fact make a difference. CD
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:20 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Throughout American history, the political system has been known as a two party system that consists of Democratic and Republican government, However there have been times in history where third parties have stood up to challenge the two-party system, one of the most famous example of a third party challenging the two-party system was in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt split from the Republican party and formed the bull moose party that gained considerable recognition around the U.S winning 27.4% of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes from 6 states(why the election of 1912 changed America), no other third party has ever gained this many votes in history, however no third party has still won the seat to presidency and this is because in order for third parties to get on a presidential ballot they need considerable support of the public through signed petitions, require a lot of money to advertise campaign and many states support the two party system rather than third parties and therefore make it hard to appear on ballot(Is it time for a third party?)(Two’s Company). Regardless of slim chances of success for a third party, third parties a lot of time raise issues not being discussed by other candidates, Some examples such as slavery, granting suffrage to women, establishing minimum wages, child labor, and Income tax and in the recent election the green party influenced environmental issues. Despite third parties standing no chance to the two party system they do in fact influence and call attention to ignored and suppressed issues that aren't addressed by the Democratic and republican parties.Therefore Third parties are good for American Elections. MP
E.B.
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:10 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third party is a term used to describe a party other than the Democratic or Republican. While third parties are meant to provide more options other than the two major parties and represent other political ideologies, they are both good and bad for American politics and elections. Third parties take away votes from the Democratic and Republican candidates even though third parties have little to no chance of winning an election. When individuals vote for a third party they are basically losing their vote since third parties are not very significant and will most likely loose. However, third parties can call attention to certain issues forcing the main two parties to address them. For example, the Green party is more of a left side party which promotes issues like environmentalism and social justice. While they have many of the same ideologies as the democratic party they promote environmentalism, justice, and nonviolence to a much greater extent. This can be beneficial if it causes the major parties to address the same issues that individuals feel strongly about. At the same time it can be disadvantageous to political elections since it can split the vote for one of the major parties. People who voted for the Green party in the most recent election took away votes from the Democratic party which is most likely the party they would have voted for otherwise. Overall, third parties can be good for political elections but can be harmful as well. They can take away votes away from the major parties but they can also address certain issues and bring light to different political ideologies.
Third parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:14:00 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third Parties Many have debated over the topic of if third parties are good or bad. I believe that third parties are good for elections and politics because although they do not stand a chance at winning they bring awareness to issues that are going on. This is shown in the article, “Why the Election of 1912 Changed America” when it states, “With the celebrated former President Roosevelt as its candidate, the most prominent figure of his age, the Bull Moose party won 27.4% of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes from six states”. This was significant because a third party has never received this large of a number of votes before. Even though the third party was far away from winning third party candidates can take votes away from the other major political parties. By doing this the outcome of the election can be different than if it was just the two major parties running.In addition to that, the election of 1912 showed the importance of the progressive party and allowed changes in American politics to be made. For example this is emphasized when Milkis says, “ More importantly, as a party that embraced and helped legitimize new social movements and candidate-centered campaigns, it pioneered a plebiscitary form of governance that has evolved over the course of the 20th century and appears to have come into its own in recent elections”. The progressive party won over votes by shedding light on issues that go unannounced by the major two parties in the election. These important topics that third parties take a stance on help raise awareness and help come up with changes for the issue that is going on. Also in the article written by Joshua Spivak he stated, “Third­party runs are important. As we've seen, they can make or break a presidential election. Everyone remembers Ralph Nader's three runs for the White House, especially his bid in 2000 that cost Al Gore the presidency. And Ross Perot might have fatally damaged George Bush when he collected 19% of the vote in 1992”. This statement demonstrates the overall idea of third parties and the reason why they exist. As it has been said time and time again third parties do not win elections but they can sway the way an election goes. These votes that go to third members can alter who wins the election and impact one's election, as it did for George Bush. With all this being said this is why third parties are good for elections and politics. -B.F.
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:13:52 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties are good for the American political system. Third parties aren’t created to win the popular vote of the American people, they bring up points of view and controversy that the two power parties don’t talk enough about. The progressive movement is just one example of how third parties affect the Presidency. Theodore Roosevelt was able to gain massive popular votes based off his Bull Moose party, which happened to start the progressive movement. He didn’t win the election but he was able to spark a movement without actually being elected again as President. Third parties are great for the American political system because they manage to bring up the unspoken points of view. Although it is said that a “vote for a third party is throwing your vote away,” they still manage to gain votes. Third parties are sticking around and gaining momentum but they will never become as big as the Republicans or Democrats. America is used to being a strong two party system and the likelihood of gaining a third independent party is strongly unlikely, nut that doesn’t cut down its importance to the American political system. -AF
Third Parties
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:13:41 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties in American elections are very controversial over whether they are good or bad, important or not. I believe third parties are good for American elections and politics because even though they will never win they make a difference. The positive effects of third parties on elections was highlighted in the election of 1912. The election of 1912 included William Howard Taft for the Republicans, Woodrow Wilson for the democrats, Eugene Debs for the Socialists and the most impactful candidate in the election, Theodore Roosevelt for the Progressives. Theodore Roosevelt's bull moose party campaign won him the highest percentage of popular vote and number of electoral votes that a third party before or after him ever has, “the Bull Moose party won 27.4% of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes from six states” (Milkis). The significance of pulling such a large number of votes toward a third parties is that it can completely change the outcome of an election just like it did in the 1912 election. Without Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson may have lost to taft. But, pulling the votes was not the only significant part of Theodore Roosevelt running in a third party. The progressive platform that Theodore Roosevelt ran on included issues the two major parties left in silence and therefore when Woodrow Wilson won he was almost forced to be a complete progressive president. Stated in the article Why the Election of 1912 Changed America, “Nevertheless, it was neither the Democrats, nor the Republicans, nor the Socialists who set the tone of the 1912 campaign. It was the Progressives. Beyond the 1912 election, their program of political and social reform has been an enduring feature of American political discourse and electoral struggle” (Milkis). Despite not winning the Bull Moose Party in 1912 changes the political and social ways of America. This election showed the power of third parties and why their existence is vital to American politics and elections. The best way to explain why third parties are important is how the video in class put it, “Third parties will never win but they make a difference.” Third parties can change the outcome of the election, they can change the way the new president follows his platform and they can bring new issues into the sight of the public. Third parties are essential despite their almost impossible chance of actually winning.
Are third parties good for the U.S.?
Posted 9/25/2017 at 9:13:31 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Third parties benefit society because they promote progressiveness in terms of moving forward and concentrating on current world issues. Third parties influence the bigger parties and the bigger parties will make reforms based on those third parties so they really change what happens in our society. For example, today we have the green party which puts a lot of focus into the environment and people will vote for them just because of that so that makes the main parties take a stance on the situation to get votes. The Democratic party takes a stance that is more towards the environment while the Republican side is less worried about environmental issues. So I would say they promote things to get done and make the two main sides stronger by giving the sides to take. KK
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