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21 May 2013 - dalam Sistem Politik Amerika Serikat Oleh fyustiazari-fisip12

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.”

-Thomas Jefferson-


            The quotation above is Thomas Jefferson’s writing addressing to John Norvell on June, 14th 1807 that listed within the Amendment I of American Constitution about Speech and Press. Thomas Jefferson is one of United State of America’s founding fathers that concern a lot about the freedom, including the press freedom. But the freedom, as he stated above has to conduct certain manner.

            According to the quotation above, Thomas Jefferson wanted mass media especially newspaper to have manner that they must really concern about. That manner is restraining to true fact and sound principles only as stated in the quotation above. From Thomas Jefferson writing, I learn that the mass media that has that kind of manners is way better to send information to the citizen. The mass media that is only says about the true things will be better for the citizen to gain knowledge instead of the ones that only restrain things untrue. The citizen get the information from mass media, so will build their comprehension about certain phenomenon. If mass media sends the wrong information it will ruin citizen mindset about the truth. Besides, it will ruin citizen’s belief.

From the quotation above, I conclude that mass media certain manner that should be conducted as Thomas Jefferson stated, is how they bring only truth to the citizen. Thomas Jefferson was afraid that wrong information mass media brought to citizen would only ruin citizen’s belief. Since the mass media can influence mindset of the citizen, they have to restrain the truth.



Famous Quotes and Quotations about Media. accessed

            on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Amendment I (Speech and Press). Accessed on

            Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

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