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The first page of a newspaper is “prime” real estate. It’s where the most important stories are often found. That’s why it’s helpful to understand what’s behind those stories – because they matter. In some cases, a news story may not receive much attention but it matters because it's interesting. Those, too, are prime stories.

Here’s some background on a “prime” story this week.

Media Matters


It has been said that the media, newspapers, television networks, online news outlets, etc. is the "watchdog of government." That means that it is the job of the media to let people know what their government is doing so that they can form opinions about how the country (or state, city, or town) is being run. Citizens need to be informed about government in order to understand issues and vote accordingly.


But lately, the watchdog is having a harder time doing its job of protecting people because the government is trying to keep them in the dark. Most recently, the White House barred several news outlets from attending the daily White House briefing in which the Press Secretary meets with the press and lets them know what the president is doing that day. This selection of only certain media outlets followed a recent Trump statement that the press was an enemy of the American people.


Many in the media world say this is an unacceptable and dangerous move by the president. They insist the American people have a right to know what the government is doing and the press has a right to cover that news.


What do you think? Do you think the government should have to allow the press to have access to what's going on?





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