Being able to find the balance between what should be shared with the public

Being able to find the balance between what should be

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Being able to find the balance between what should be shared with the public and what should not be shared can sometimes be found difficult, especially in the time of a crisis. When 9/11 tragically struck America, I could bet a large sum of money that almost all televisions in America were switched to the news channel with everyone’s eyes glued to the television screen. America was in a state of shock and an in state of fear. We did not know what to do or how to feel with the thought of terrorism striking our country. We relied on the media to give us every bit of information, but how much information is too much? When someone so important and tragic is happening, shouldn’t the public be informed of everything? Or should we filter the good and the bad out? Who decides what gets leaked and what doesn’t? In the textbook, Martin says that, “during the Vietnam War, journalists had a great deal of latitude in the field to visit troops in the field to observe operations. Vietnam was the first “television war,” so violent and disturbing images were broadcasted into American homes on a daily basis. These reports were one reason why American public opinion turned against the war effort”. So since Vietnam broadcasted such horrible and disturbing images, which changed American’s mind about the war effort, that means it’s okay? Children probably saw such horrible and graphic images that could’ve scarred them for life. The releasing of information, I personally feel, should be filtered to the public. Although, the government in the past has gotten in huge trouble about hiding information from the public. There was a span of 3-4 presidents where there was a massive cover up of information
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