Tennessean Opinion Editor David Plazas spoke to Alexandra Hudson, Novak Fellow and writer on civic renewal
The press should be free, diverse and accurate, not neutral. It is tempting to dismiss all media as biased or inaccurate, but the public has role in being a good news consumer.
Editor’s note: Jamie Watson is the high school winner of the Belmont University Presidential Debate essay contest in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Jamie wrote this essay in response to the following question: “In an essay of 800-2,000 words, describe the role of the media as a means of communicating information related to the election of the U.S. President, and how the media influence public opinion, for better or for worse.”
“I deplore…the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed …” — Thomas Jefferson
“Were it left to me to decide…