How do you feel about censorship?
• United States
5 Feb 09
I think people hide behind the 1st amendment to much & also freedom of the press. How many times have we seen something reported that turned out to be false? I have seen people make up stories just to have a story. Or them take a detail & run with it. I am usually not one for censorship but there has to be a line some where.
• United States
3 Feb 09
In general, I'm against censorship. As far as news goes, I think that there should be some good common sense used regarding graphic images in the broadcasts that air during family hours. The late news is a different issue. Children should be in bed and adults can view or not, as they choose. I also feel that it, (censorship), depends on who is doing the censoring, and why. Some censorship really just amounts to good editing. If certain details or images are withheld because they confuse, sensationalize or unfairly slant the reporting of a news item- then fine, cut them. Like Joe Friday says in "Dragnet", "Just the facts, Ma'am". I do object to censorship that is brought to bear by commercial sponsors, network execs with agendas, or government with an eye toward spin-doctoring or hiding the facts from the public, (except in extreme national security scenarios). One of my favorite quotes sums it up pretty well-- "Censorship is telling a man he can't have steak just because a baby can't chew it." Mark Twain Thanks for an interesting topic. smiles, ink
2 Feb 09
Here in Italy there is too much inside information on some of the items of news they transmit. For example in certain crime stories they give us too many intricate details which should, in my opinion, be available only for those investigating the crime. Depending on the political bias of a certain channel, the news does tend to be one-sided and they omit certain information. There are also too many stories, no doubt because they help in getting an audience, on who slept with who, who divorced who and so on.