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tv   Student Cam - Second Prize High School  CSPAN  April 15, 2018 3:15pm-3:26pm EDT

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thank you for being part of the communicators. lee: thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. to bring, we continue you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington, d.c., and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. this month on c-span, we feature our studentcam con -- contest winners. we asked middle and high school students to choose a provision of the u.s. constitution and illustrate why it is important to them. our second prize high school central winners are jonathan godfrey and jackson.
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oklahomaers in jenks, where c-span is available on cap's communication. in their winning entry, they tell us about the first amendment and freedom of the press. take a look. >> it has been a changing cultural stamp of america for over a century. first, we had word-of-mouth and then the newspapers. and then the radio. then the television. and now, the internet. how has the freedom of press affected these changes in media? impress isof the important to the people in the united states because the people
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expect us to tell them what is going on in the government and in their world. >> people did not have facebook pages even six or seven years ago. they underestimated the effect that social media would have on news and journalism. >> people have become reliant on getting news from social media. generation lives on social media, it is a good way of keeping us informed of what is going on around the world. while this is a good thing, there are bad sides. >> twitter has a feature called moments. user canem is any create their on moment. therefore spreading incorrectness. >> there was a twitter moment stating the fcc chairman was found dead in his home. it was not true. it was made by a random twitter user. this would not matter, people didn't rely on social media for their news. what they do. nearly 67% of americans have at some point in their lives, including us. mywhat if the news generation and i are reading are not true? what if it is fake news? >> people on social media are
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not journalists generally. they are not answering the four prudent questions including does the public need to know? does it want to know? does it have the right to know? and is this doing no harm to anyone? we see things all the time that are not fact check and are just the product of someone's imagination. and only, no one windows what to believe about anything. uninformed people are a people who are in jeopardy. shooting,rs of them a if you were to search youtube for information about that massacre, you may have come across a video by a right-wing shock jock named number two williams. there, you would find a rambling monologue. it was full of false claims by posted soon enough to take advantage of breaking news interest and become temporarily prioritized the youtube's own algorithm. >> elmer t williams is a prime example of this. he deems himself as a doctor of common sense. he has uploaded over 10,000
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videos to youtube about mass shootings, political party conspiracies and even hillary clinton being on cocaine. before his youtube was terminated in 2017 for violations of youtube's policy. if what he is putting out is news are what he claims to be news, isn't he protected by freedom of the press? in which case, were youtube's actions unconstitutional? even though we don't agree with what he was claiming, did youtube have the right to shut down his media operation? youtube will collapse too. do you think youtube is more powerful than god almighty? i don't think so. we can't allow the liberals to run things as well as put our money in starbucks. >> if you are a blogger at your mom's house in your room, you have the same publishing power as the new york times. >> for example, people have created entire careers on reporting that is. or what they consider to be than his. which vary from actual stories to conspiracies they believe to be true.
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they report it as if it is. it would not be a problem if they were not catching the attention of the public but they are. these channels have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and get thousands of views on each video. >> i think it is very true that with any great technology that has come out, for good, someone has used it for evil. >> so what if people are spreading news that is not true? is it a big deal? the answer is yes. affects anwhen it election. members of twitter, google, and facebook testified before congress because of fake news advertisements created by russia to help influence our presidential election. >> if i understand your testimony here today, it is the 80,000 posts received by 29 million americans and may have reached an estimated 126 million people. why has it taken facebook 11 months to come forward and help us understand the scope of the problem, see it clearly for the
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problem it is, and begin to work in a responsible, legislative way to address this? >> to put these facts into perspective, 126 million people is equivalent to half of the americans registered to vote. over half of our voters could have potentially been persuaded by these ads. backing up one political party over the other. considering the reliability of the information put out on new media, should the protections of the first amendment apply as much to new media as a due to -- as they do to traditional media? >> it's true facebook is not a news organization. i do believe it is a central part of the news ecosystem. with that comes real responsibility to work closely with the industry and be a true partner with the news interstate. we should all care about helping people make smart decisions about the information they see online and what sources to trust. >> in order to trust the sources, we believe they should responsibly regulate themselves rather than be restricted or censored by the government.
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that way, news consumers are not as threatened. announcer: to watch all the prize-winning documentaries in this year's studentcam competition, visit studentcam.org. announcer: tonight on c-span's q&a, hoover institute senior fellow and author, neil ferguson, on his book "the square and the tower come in networks and power from the freemasons to facebook." >> what is striking to me when i interact with these groups, is not their power, but their sense of powerlessness. ofyou think about the events 2016, just to take an example, not many members of the suppose it world government planned that
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britain would vote to leave the european union and that donald trump would become president of the united states. donald trump is definitely not somebody gets invited to those meetings. take for example the financial crisis. the events of 2008 committed as a 90 nobody sat at the meeting in 2008 saying, i think what we need is a massive financial crisis. announcer: q&a, 10 at 8:00 eastern on c-span. tonight on afterwards, journalist david corn and michael isikoff with their book "russian roulette, the inside story of putin's war on america and the election of donald trump." they are interviewed by joaquin castro of texas. is thattart of the book 2013 miss universe in moscow, how did you pick that as a starting point? a if you were looking for moment that they trump russia's story comes together, it is
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really there. moscow, donald trump in and he is there to preside over the miss universe pageant. but what is his real agenda? it is for a business deal to build a trump tower and moscow -- in moscow. secondarily, though part of that, is to meet blood near putin. we talked a moment ago on how to build a tower. you needed to have putin's permission. to do anything in moscow, trump had to hook up with an oligarchy. in this case, and oligarch friendly to put in. he is already in bed with his corrupt regime. he starts putting out immediately in midfield 13, putin be my new bff when i bring it to moscow? announcer: watch afterwards tonight on 9:00 p.m. on c-span2's book tv. his statement was
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released today concerning the house of former first lady are rubbish, by bush -- first lady barbara bush. recent "following a series of hospitalizations and after consulting her family and 92,ors, mrs. bush, now aged has decided not to seek additional article treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. whoill not surprise those know her that barbara bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself, thanks to her abiding faith, but for others to achieve surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving." has been battling with a respiratory disease and congestive heart failure. she has been married to former president george h w bush for 73 years, and is a mother of former president george w. bush, and former florida governor, jeb bush.

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