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Newscasters Are Too Opinionated and Biased

Updated on August 20, 2011
Fox News' Sean Hannity
Fox News' Sean Hannity
CNN's Lou Dobbs
CNN's Lou Dobbs

Once upon a time, Americans sat in their living rooms and listened to a newscaster report the news over the radio. The entire family would sit and eagerly listen to the facts of the day. The facts of the day dealt with European battlefields and political debate. Oddly, what the family received from these newscasters were only the facts of the days events. No one questioned whether FDR was right or wrong, they only detailed what he did that day.

Today, the era of objective news casting is dead. Gone are the days of Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite who were amazingly admired and respected by the American public for the objective way they delivered the news. Today, we have Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Glen Beck and everyone at CNN who not only fail to deliver the news objectively, but openly state what agenda they are pushing. The corporate news today no longer delivers the facts to allow the public to decide on their own right and wrong, but instead tries to persuade the public to one agenda or the other.

In the past, it was the policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission that holders of broadcast licenses present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced. This is what was known as the Fairness Doctrine.

The Supreme Court upheld the FCC"s right to enforce the Fairness Doctrine but in 1987, the FCC abolished the fairness doctrine outright.

The abandonment of the Fairness Doctrine from our news media renders the news media today nothing more than a collection of talking heads. Guests are either caressed through interviews or yelled at by the hosts. Gone are the days of vigorous and honest debate. Either way, the reporters biased is shown and the entire broadcast is spent trying to persuade the viewer to one side or the other.

Is This Objective Journalism?

Yes, newscasters today are too opinionated and biased. Why is this? It is not just because they choose to be this way. It is because the American Public is no longer patient enough to listen through the days events and come to their own conclusion. It is too bad, back then Americans trusted the source of their news as being objective facts. Today, Americans question the newscasters' bias and tend to just look away. With everyone screaming, nobody wants to listen.

Do you think the news media is too biased today?

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    • Writely So profile image

      Writely So 8 years ago from Atlanta/London

      bgpappa,

      Very nicely done indeed. Than you.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks for reading.

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      Jay Trela 8 years ago

      I agree with Writely So. You did an excellent job on this! And I must say that I'm a little jealous on your execution. Keep up the good work!!

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thank you.

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      issues veritas 8 years ago

      bg, Maybe the term "news" is no longer correct but be that as it may, television news has to be entertaining rather than informative or even accurate.

      Good thought, and I like the photos.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I think your point is valid. Entertainment versus information. But then, who do we go to for information?

      Thanks for reading.

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      fishskinfreak2008 8 years ago from Fremont CA

      Fox is conservative, very conservative, almost too conservative in fact. All the other major US networks seem to be liberal

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I couldn't agree more. But conservative or liberal, my problem is they wear their agendas on their sleeves and instead of informing the public, they are trying to persuade. But to be fair to Fox, I think CNN is just as bad, as well as MSNBC.

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      issues veritas 8 years ago

      All,

      The question is "Informed about what"?

      It is not so much that the media is spinning the news, I think it is more that we are not informed on the real important issues.

      For example, The big news item is that Congress and the President are going to get the auto industry to shape up by major restructuring. Maybe the auto industry has problems but why don't we hear from the news that if the Federal Government was an auto industry they would have been out of business fifty years ago. All of the things Congress faults the auto industry for failing is only a fraction of the bad management that government has through Congress and the President. It doesn't natter which Congress or which President they have all been badly managed.

      The point here is that no one is shining the interrogation light back on to the Congress and the President. Congress did a bang up job last year with their $700 billion bailout, didn't they. Congress, the President and the Presidential candidates all got caught in the headlights of the economic crisis. They were all hoping that nothing like that would happen until after the election.

      The Emperor has no clothes.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Fair point, I think we agree. But I have yet to hear the details of the bill from any channel, really. Instead, I hear that it is horrible or great. (Actually read portions of the online version myself.) Thanks for your input.

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      issues veritas 8 years ago

      bgpappa,

      The pudding is already prepared,so as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

      At this point, it either tastes good or it doesn't.

      Expensive pudding should taste good.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      fair point

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Fox news is hysterically bad. I've only seen it when we've been on holiday, but it's entertainment rather than news (-:

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I agree. But if you saw CNN during the election, they were outwardly Pro-Obama. While my politics was ok with this, my beleif in good journalism was horrified.

      Thanks for reading

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I didn't - we don't have any cable etc at home, so only see it when staying in hotels. And my other half adores Fox, it has him in stitches.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Fox makes me laugh too. Makes me mad too. The only thing it doesn't do is inform. The UK has some real good journalists. I read some stuff online sometimes.

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      St.James 8 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

      Once upon a time, newscasters actually reported news. Now it's all tabloid.

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I agree. Tabloid or political talking points.

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      bc 8 years ago

      You're confusing newscaster with pundit. Like all news anchors, Cronkite just read from a script that was written and edited by others.

      Hannity, Dobbs et al are PUNDITS. They write all of their own material. They will take a news item and then make their comments. Networks get a nice pop in the ratings because these right wing dopes allow the typical ignorant, angry American to feel like they have a voice in the media. A media that these conservatives constantly tell them is "liberal" (LOL).

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      bgpappa 8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Fair point. But my point is that they are all pundits now, no more journalists. Everyone has an opinion and wants to push it on you: liberal and conservative alike.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      WEUANDI 7 years ago

      Broadcasters have certainly changed the color, tone ad role of the media. Everything and anything is "Breaking News." News items are longer left to germinate and be fact checked; Intentions are questioned and it would be interesting to their responses and the roles been reversed. Once upon a time a critic was a "good finder." Some newscasters in their effort to boost ratings literally shake the grape vines for grapes and consequently also remove the blossoms. Newscasters shake 'News vines' every time they introduce a story with a negative lead inorder to hold attention. Recently, this lead was used: " Is the President safe? We will tell you when we come back." The news item was based on a book written by someone. Even it it were so, is this the type of information you would want to share with news world that contain terrorists?

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      bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Weundi,

      All very good points. Fact checks seem to be done afterwards. Thanks for reading

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