It is all around us, from the shows we watch on television, the music we listen to on the radio, to the books and magazines we read each day, media plays an important role in the way society functions. The most popular form of media, television, fails to broadcast the truth of some news to the public for fear of exposing the non-existent value of equality in our country.
The Easter BunnyEquality means having the same privileges, status, and rights and the media fails to broadcast news that makes this statement incorrect. According to a study done by a video documentary called "The Secret", 96 percent of all wealth earned in the United States is owned by 1 percent of the population. This means that for every 100 dollars made in America, 96 dollars is owned by one man, and 4 dollars is owned by 96 people. When we tune into a news channel, we are bombarded with the amount of deaths because of the war in Iraq. What some don't know is how much of their tax money is going to the endless war. According to Congressman John Murtha, we are spending $8 billion a month in Iraq. This equals to $2 billion a week, or $267 million a day, or $11 million an hour. It may seem that all candidates running for president have equal representation of the news networks but this is not the case. A closer examination revealed that On May 15, 2007, Fox News reported the results of a recent "Iowa Straw Poll" revealed that Mitt Romney wins with 31.6% of the vote. Coming in second is Mike Huckabee and third goes to Sam Brownback. Even though Ron Paul came in 5th with 9.1% Fox news conveniently ignored his existence by skipping over him and others on their on-air reporting.

Being in a state of equality also means being in a state of happiness and unity. The majority of Americans if asked if they were happy with the way their life was going, they would respond yes. It is the media's job the keep it that way. The media has the responsibility to report media that the people want to hear. People want to know about celebrities and what is the current fad. People want to know who won the football game they missed on Sunday. They do not desire knowledge about what makes thSantaem feel unpleasant inside. When will we know about the poverty in the state of Ethiopia in Africa, or the agonizing truth of all who die in pain because insurance agencies denied the money? What kind of world would we live in if all news on television was the real truth about what goes on around the world? It is evident that if people were to become aware of some type of news, chaos would strike.

Some people argue that the media has every right to decide what gets broadcasted and what does not. This may be true, but what kind of society will we end up if we are always exposed to half-truth? In order to advance our way of life, we must be exposed to the truth, no matter how difficult it may be on an individual. We as human beings need to identify what is incorrect so we can uncover a way to fix the problem at its core. Awareness to our problems is the key to a true democratic society. This can only be accomplished if we know what goes on around the globe.

We live in a world that is shaped by what we are told. Young kids are told by their parents that Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny will give them treats when the holiday comes. As a child experiences life, logical reasoning is attained to realize that the information told by their parents was false. We as a society are given the impression by the media that we are equal. They make this possible by censoring the news that makes the statement of being equal, false. Like the children who believe in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, we believe what we are told by the media. The only difference is that the child becomes aware of the truth, while society keeps getting blinded.