New Media Laws

There are two laws that I believe are necessary to enhance the media industry. Each of these laws, if enacted, would benefit people in today’s society. The media is growing rapidly. Laws need to be put in place in order to help control the ever-growing media and separate the truths from the lies. These laws would be focused on stopping confusion and misunderstanding on the Internet.  With so many more ways for a journalist or news organization to write to the entire public, laws must be put in place to cap these outlets and enforce truthful journalism through any channel. For example, a recognized journalist can say something on the website “Twitter,” and that information may not be true. Other journalists or the public may confuse that information for the truth and false information can spread quickly and uncontrollably. There needs to be laws put in place to stop this from happening in the future. What if a journalist accidentally posted information about a false terrorist attack? This information may spread to other highly recognized media outlets and presented this false tragedy to the public, causing mass hysteria. This is a severe example of the kind of situation that happens all too often and that needs to be stopped ahead of time.

The News Accreditation Law is that any news media organization that wants to be considered a legitimate news outlet, must apply for a recognized news accreditation. This accreditation, if handed out by Federal Communication Commission officials, means that all news presented by said organization must be truthful and representative of the entire news organization. This accreditation will prove to readers/viewers that the information they are receiving is completely truthful. To gain the accreditation you must pass a series of rules and regulations created and presented by the Federal Communications Commission. This accreditation particularly, holds true to information posted on the Internet through any website, including third party websites, such as “Twitter,” or “Facebook.” If the accreditation is violated, then the news outlet is subject to fines and penalties that are enforced by the Federal Communication Commission.

The second law, The Employers Personal Opinion Law, would be directly connected to the News Accreditation Law.  It would ensure that any employee of the accredited news organization would be considered a direct representative of the news organization. Anything he or she says would be considered the position or statement for the entire news organization. However, this law is not true for those who make clear it is otherwise.  The only way to make this clear is to place the specific statement, “PERSONAL OPINION,” before the persons comment or question is made public. If the disclaimer is not placed before the statement there is no proof that this statement is not completely true. If legal action were imposed than it would be up to the court’s judgment if no statement is presented. If one is found in violation of this law, it is up to the organization and the Federal Communication Commission to enforce fines and penalties on the employee’s employer. It would be up to the news organization to enforce penalties on its employee.

These laws, if passed by congress, will ensure that information will safely be presented to the public. It will now be made clear to the public what is false and what is true when regarding news from outlets that deserve “recognized news accreditation.” If you are reading the works of a historically sound, and nationally recognized news outlet, you should be getting the truth. Unless made clear that it is merely a statement made with no connection to the news organization. In our progressive society, these laws are necessary to prevent grave mistakes, and maintain public order.

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