Find 1 example that supports OR rejects Ray's view that the media does harm to our independent thinking & pursuit of knowledge though books.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Naturally. there can be many ways to answer this question.  I think that one example where the media enhanced our independent thinking and compelled us to view books as a source of knowledge was during the Watergate period in American History.  Set in 1972 and 1973, the Watergate incident involving the Nixon Administration was one where the idea of Presidential Power was examined through the media.  Journalists like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were instrumental in bringing to light the activities of the Executive Branch, raising the legality of such actions, and posing the question to the American people of whether unlimited Presidential power is reflective of American Principles.  Starting off with very little support, the media was able to raise the awareness in the American public that the President was doing something wrong, enhancing the level of independent thinking and driving Americans to want to know the truth.  Two fundamental questions arose from Watergate:  What did the President know and when did he know it?  This is one example where the media served almost as a "4th" branch of government and enhanced the independent thinking of the public and fed a desire to want to know more about the nature of the Constitution, a governmental book.

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