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Are we influenced by the press, if yes how much? Sociologist and Psychologist contemplate that question often. The media was accused of causing violent behaviour, negative racial stereotyping and negative body perceptions mostly among young girls. No one can deny that the media has a direct effect on society, but is the media only giving society exactly what he or she would like? Has the press taken away our capacity to think for ourselves critically? We're constantly feed information in the newspapers, tv news and weekly news magazines many of us believing without question because we believe the source credible. "In 1989 while running in central park a women was brutally assaulted raped and beaten." I remember the incident well since it was over the news, in newspapers and magazines for weeks. Five teens Hispanic and African American were accused of the crime. I remember the newspaper articles and reporters on tv speaking to the teens as a mad wolf pack. The word allegedly was absent type all conversation within the episode. The press condemned the adolescents before the road started. I believe due to all the negative exposure from the media the teens did not have a snowballs chance in hell. All five of the boy were convicted and served time for the assault on the central park jogger. Thirteen years later, a man named Matias Reyes that wasn't linked to the crime at all is coming forward from behind bars and saying, "you know what, incidentally, I'm the one who did it. And the five teens who served time, they didn't do it" Along with also the DNA which was shot from the victim's body at the time of the attack matches Reyes. Reyes also confessed to the identical crime two days before in the same area of the playground. The attorneys who defended that the teens are now stating "we were not told about a lone, Predatory rapist prowling the exact same area of this park just days before the jogger was assaulted." The police and the prosecutors could have withheld that information in order that they can expedite the certainty of their teenagers as they sometimes do. I still feel the media despite of the restricted evidence help in the conviction of five childhood. The press depicted the teens, as angry dinosaurs and wolf packs constantly into the public this isn't an isolated incident the media does all of the time. Actually attorneys and judges are blaming the press for ruining a person's righ...