作者：Emma Martin, a student who moved to China in 2011, fell in love with the country almost immediately and hasn't wanted to leave since! She's currently studying Political Science and Global China Studies at Shanghai New York University (上海纽约大学). Emma has been tutoring English of all ages for 4 years now, with a special interest in higher level English. Two of her passions include blogging and freelance jounalism!
In my U.S. politics series, I have given an overview of how the U.S. political systems works, how elections come to play a big role in the U.S.’s democracy, and so on. But sometimes, even I have difficulty deciphering what is fact from myth. Ever heard of Donald Trump’s notorious phrase, “fake news” or heard his infamous speeches declaring war against the media? I have to admit, because of the large quantity of news released on a daily basis from different sources, sometime I don’t know what to believe. However, declaring war against the media and the press is taking away from the significance and the role the press has had since the beginning of the U.S. Constitution. Trump has been heavily criticized for his declaration, from democrats and republicans alike.
As mentioned in “U.S. Political System in a Nutshell,” the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land, and no one is above the law. Fortunately, the freedom of the press is protected by the first amendment of the constitution. And although there are restrictions under the amendment, the amendment puts people in charge of distributing information to the public rather than allowing the government to interfere with such information, therefore limiting the government's power over the people.
There are different forms of media used in U.S. politics such as newspapers, T.V. networks, magazines, websites, radio, etc. As someone who tries to get her facts and political opinions from different sources, I could sit and watch news-channels all day. From a personal standpoint, many news channels report the same or similar international or national topics, yet it’s common that one news channel may have a different political agenda than the next. The “Big Three” or in other words, the traditional and biggest broadcasting news networks in the U.S. are Cable News Network (CNN), Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), and MSNBC, a network created under the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). FOX is known to be a quite conservative right leaning network in terms of politics, while MSNBC is the complete opposite in that it’s more liberal and left learning in terms of politics. Although CNN has been criticized as being more left-leaning, I prefer it more than the other two networks because CNN gives a more objective standpoint on most political issues. One reporter that I never make sure to miss is CNN’s Jake Tapper as I regard him as one of the best journalist of our time. Tapper covers an array of news, from politics to sports to culture. Make sure you catch him weekdays at 4pm eastern time!
I hope that if you have an interest in living or travelling to the U.S. you keep an eye on different forms of media and each’s agenda. The U.S. is in an era of drastic political change and it could affect further generations immensely. Yet, one thing that has remained constant is the freedom of the press and Americans have great pride in knowing that we have the right to know how our country is being run and get to decide for ourselves what to believe. So keep an eye out, watch a news network, read the New York Times or keep up with the Associated Press, you never know what breaking news is next!