can't disregard this....can you?
The only bias I see is that news organizations will do or say anything to get people to tune in.
Traditionally in America, the press has always sided with one political faction or another. This was actually a good system simply because it ensured that at least half the newspapers in the country would dig in and expose corruption in the government. Starting in the late 1800s, journalists began focusing on sensational news; like say, one murder in a city of thousands of people. They would take this murder scenario and put it on the front page for no other reason than to sell more newspapers. Before long, everyone started locking their doors thinking murderers lurked around every corner. Most tv news reporters are people who just want to get on tv and read teleprompters. They are not serious journalists. If people tune in and ratings go up, they keep their jobs. To keep ratings up, they stop focusing on political corruption and focus more on trying to think up things to scare us with.
...we all must "'keep our wits about us"
and see the real issues, not the hype
Bias really is everywhere. Though if you ask some people, it's only on Fox
If a media outlet caters to a political slant that someone is comfortable with, then that person is not going to see it as slant -- they are going to see it as truth.
I'm guilty of it, you are, they are. It is an inescapable human condition, but acknowledging it is important.
Keep in mind that media are owned by powerful entities. The owners have a political agenda that will get them more power (and money). This has become so predominant today that no media outlet is spared. Editorializing is found in page one news articles and the effects are so subliminal as to be unseen by the unwary. Stalwarts of unbiased journalism like the New York Times and Associated Press are now rife with editorial bias. This lack of trust in the "fourth estate" will have dire consequences later on.
I'm not convinced we haven't already lost confidence in the 4th Estate. When you have GE owning networks like NBC, there is certainly going to be a conflict of interest in what journalists are allowed to report on. It is not just GE, but all of GE's subsidiaries that would be off limits. The networks won't say anything against any of the companies that pay them for advertising, so that rules out hundreds of other relevant news topics. Finally, there are the politicians themselves who pay the networks for political ads, debates, and coverage. A news organization is not going to go too deep in digging up corruption on a "customer" that pays them millions. Most of the free press has been compromised I fear.
Another novelty over the last decade or so is "news as entertainment." Apart from political biases, this phenomena his having a significant impact on how the news are presented. In this highly competitive sound-bite driven environment, it is not necessarily a bad thing, but this approach does have an impact on perception, and since, for the average viewer, perception is reality. It is something that needs to be taken in consideration.
As for bias, none present here since I am the standard for "I" am normal! ;o)
by Josak3 years ago
Some thoughts:No campaign contributions allowed all campaigns are funded by a tiny flat tax every party receives a given amount to publicize their views so long as they can get say 50 000 party members. Yearly full IRS...
by ahorseback4 months ago
Because the mainstream media is so slanted , biased and self- brainwashed as to believe it can psychologically alter the American mind to its own ideological agenda ! Hey ! That's one way...
by Sab Oh7 years ago
To finally get serious about this issue?http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36331490/ns/us_news-life/It's not a good situation for anyone on either side of the border.
by medfordg12 months ago
The fallacy in getting 'fair and balanced reporting' is inherent within how the news organizations prosper and grow. They are in the business of making money, they sell an audience to their advertisers. it is ever so...
by Ken Burgess2 weeks ago
The revelation to some, that Congress & D.C. has been in general hijacked by Corporate, Foreign, and Special Interests run amuck... is too much to swallow for many.CNN & MSNBC has long been the propaganda media...
by Pearlstent4 years ago
I could go either way but I watched that documentary OutFoxed and I am leaning towards a yes...
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