Nixon & The Media

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Superpower's today do not rely heavily on such factors as land, military and population anymore. They rely on something greater; an invisible hand, to control the eyes, ears, and perception on geographical boundaries, as well as people's knowledge. At present, the United States of America is the world's superpower. The country's presidents thus became known to be the most powerful leaders in the world. The only force that can change a president's status easily is the media, which can overtake the power of the Supreme Court and the powers of Congress, put together. This power was exemplified in the case of Richard Nixon, America's President during 1968-1974. If it were not for the media, this man would still be standing as an innocent legacy in American history; the media had supplied the power to expose Nixon and brought him to justice.

The media is a powerful political tool and to a large extent the media determines the sheers and failures of politicans .

Throughout his career he based his sheers on controlling the media. The ability to control information in his career enabled Nixon to use the media as a weapon against his opponents, abusing the First Amendment.

In America, the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech including the press . The media can be helpful by informing the public what they should know about politicians and scandals. The years of Richard Nixon's presidency were full of misconceptions and scandals that were never spoken of prior to his exposure in the media. Perhaps the first time Americans had really experienced the power of the media getting involved with White House secrets was during the Nixon Scandal .

Nixon's background may not have made him the happiest of all men, but his experiences established the person of who he was.