In ONE paragraph, describe the legal and social constraints on the media in terms of 'social issues such as patriotism and crime', and how they ...?In ONE paragraph, describe the legal and social...

In ONE paragraph, describe the legal and social constraints on the media in terms of 'social issues such as patriotism and crime', and how they ...?

In ONE paragraph, describe the legal and social constraints on the media in terms of 'social issues such as patriotism and crime', and how they affect the way in which the media report stories?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There has to be some form of control over how the media portrays everything, in order for journalists to not take sides, look like the sympathize with a cause, or are more partial to one thing or another. When it comes to patriotism, a journalist who has his or her own agenda,  ideology, or a different level of patriotism is in danger of taking sides if he or she does not maintain the distance between their person and the interviewee. It would be quite unprofessional for a journalist to go around waving flags favoring a specific political candidate, or supporting a team, country, or religious group. Similarly, if a journalist is biased against a certain group or demographic population thinking that the population is more prone to crime than others, the reporting of news will also not be objective and will detour from the real information that the media should give out. This is why a social and legal constraint should be maintained. Otherwise, it would not be news reporting, but opinion reporting. That leads us nowhere.