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  1. Introduction.
  2. Censorship.
  3. The presence of media.
    1. The job of the media.
    2. The views of Noam Chomsky.
    3. The views of John Silber.
  4. The popularity of Howard Stern.
  5. The power that the media has.
    1. Tabloids.
    2. The media's money driven motives and O J Simpson.
  6. The United States'Conclusion mass communications systems.
  7. Conclusion.
  8. Bibliography.

This essay will discuss and analyze the media and censorship of the media in the United States. ?Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press?? (United States Constitution 1789). Throughout the history of the United States of America, the Constitution has always been put to the test. The founders of this great country originally created the first amendment to allow colonists to speak out against the British. In the 17th century, the press was accurate and informative with little competition among journalists. But today in the 21st century the circumstances are different and the stakes are higher. Due to incredibly high amount of competition among journalists today, the information is usually exaggerated in order to capture a viewing audience.

[...] Simpson also went on the say in that interview that the media only showed the people that were upset on his released and held signs that said ?Butcher of Brentwood.? ?They did not show the hundreds of people that waved to him or gave him a thumbs up as he walked out of the California jail? (Jet 39). Over the years, the Supreme Court has heard many cases regarding censorship. In 1964, the Supreme Court heard the case of New York Times v. [...]

[...] has a great plot, a football star kills his beautiful ex-wife and her lover in the heat of passion. The treatment of the O.J. Simpson case shows how the media has become purveyors of drama rather than information? (Gabler 12). There were an incredible amount of rumors surrounding the case. Some people have said that the Simpson case is an ?American tragedy? that became the center of a media circus. Because of the enormous media coverage it caused making the selection of an impartial jury nearly impossible. [...]

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