I believe that the media should be regulated to a certain extent by the government. There are just some pieces of information that shouldn’t be revealed to the public, because if it was, it could jeopardize the integrity of our national security. Top secret informational leaks that are published or posted on the net would create a danger towards the U.S. because it would give other countries and enemies of the United States knowledge of our inner workings.
Restricting the media would be very difficult task though. The media has grown a tremendous amount in the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down. Regulating television shows and newpapers is hard enough for the government to control and the internet would be a bigger challenge to control since it is so large. For instance the government is having problems with trying to make sure sites like Wikileaks aren’t compromising national sectrets. A similar scenario occured with the Pentagon Papers where the NY Times was allowed to publish the Papers due to the First Amendment rights. There would also be some problems in censoring the media. Some of these conflicts would be things like where to draw the line when it comes to block publication, also determining who will have the power to decide what to censor and what not to censor. Another problem to controlling media would be the cost. It would take a tremendous amount of money to be able to regulate every part of the media.
Even though the job of controlling the media is very difficult, it must be done to protect the citizens of the United States. If the government didn’t regulate the media, enemies of the U.S. could obtain the innermost secrets of the U.S., and use that to their advantage. We can all sleep better at night knowing that the government is protecting our nation’s secrets.
Overall I believe that blocking the media in certain areas is essential in creating a safe and secure nation. Though it may create conflict, in the larger picture, regulation does more good than harm.