The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
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A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

Lone Star Royalty Q&A
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Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

What initially interested you in beauty pageants? Roberts: When I was six I joined the Miss America Organization. This program is for girls...

Opinion
Branching Out During Break
Jessica Boll, Web Editor in Chief • May 16, 2024

Instead of lazily lounging by the pool this summer, taking advantage of an academic break is the best usage of the months when we don't have...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

Media Remains Under Attack During 2016 Election

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During World War I, Charles Schenck, the secretary of the Socialist Party of America, distributed leaflets to draft-age men, arguing that the conscription amounted to “involuntary servitude” and that the war was fueled by capitalist greed.

The U.S. government then charged Schenck with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 by attempting “to cause insubordination … in the military and naval forces of the United States.” Schenck retorted that the Espionage Act violated the First Amendment. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, ultimately ruling unanimously in favor of the U.S. government and limiting the freedom of speech during wartime.

Almost 100 years later, the freedoms of speech and press remain under attack in America.  Reporters without Borders, the world’s largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to media freedom, annually ranks countries based on freedom of the press, and in 2016, the U.S. ranked 41, behind countries such as Finland, Costa Rica and Namibia.

For a country that prides itself on civil liberties, this ranking is a national disgrace.

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Although these rights are guaranteed (most of the time) by the U.S. Constitution, journalists continue face significant obstacles in reporting. In the 2016 election cycle, the two major candidates for president have repeatedly mistreated journalists and have refused to remain transparent with the press.

It has been over 270 days since Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has held a press conference although she has had several one-on-one interviews and townhalls.

In addition, the Republican nominee Donald Trump has his own problems with the media. Beginning with his feud with Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly, Trump has verbally assaulted journalists for reporting what he perceives as “biased” stories – or what we call in journalism the facts. He has denied credentials to multiple news outlets, including Univision, Buzzfeed and the Washington Post.

Trump certainly made his feelings clear when he said, “I think the political press is among the most dishonest people that I have ever met, I have to tell you.”

These actions taken by the two candidates undermine our democracy. If the voters do not have access to the full truth regarding our candidates, how can they be expected to make an informed decision at the polls?

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