ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Media Bias in the Media

Updated on September 4, 2012

Yes, there is media bias

Everyone brings some bias to their work. For most of us it doesn't matter if we favor one political candidate over another. We draw a paycheck, we do our jobs, and we go home. We could be virulent Libertarians or hidebound socialists, but no one cares. My mailman might be a member of the Young Communists: I don't care and it doesn't affect how my mail gets delivered. Perhaps that's why the letters always lean to the left when she stacks them in the box.

On the other hand, (left or right hand, it doesn't matter), some professions obligate an even-handed approach. We all know that media bias exists. Here are some incontrovertible cases exemplified incontrovertibly in the mainstream media by sources that we should be able to trust. Every day we absorb our news from many sources: learn to think critically so you can filter out the media bias inherent in everyday human life.

Examine this example for media bias...

Obvious examples of media bias.
Obvious examples of media bias. | Source

A seemingly innocuous example brimming with media bias

Our example focuses laser-like on a photograph published recently depicting Republican Presidential Nominee Willard Mitt Romney. Mr Romney appears behind a podium at an unidentified venue. Obviously, as any reasonably astute political observer would agree, the media outlet would have access to any of thousands of Romney photographs. The decision to publish this particular image calls to mind an extreme case of media bias that simply cannot be ignored.

A brief perusal of Mr. Romney's photograph reveals the following obvious examples:

  • His name, on the banner behind him, is partially obscured, evidently in an attempt to obfuscate his identity and confuse voters who look for his name on their ballot. This could cause voter suppression in many precincts across America.
  • He is dressed casually. He appears to have stepped away from a board meeting where he presided over corporate raiding and health care stopping. He doesn't even have a tie on. Note that his opponent in the opposing photo is wearing a well-fitting political suit, including a strategically chosen lapel pin.
  • His shoulders are stooped, giving the impression of weakness.
  • His mouth is open and he appears to be searching for his next word, or gazing off into the distance with nothing to say.
  • His hand gesture is a drooping uninspired finger at podium level, as if to say "never mind, I give up."

The Other Guy

Now let us carefully critique the photographic selection depicting Barack Hussein Obama II, Democratic Candidate for President of the United States. Whomever chose this particular image evidently intended to portray this candidate in a completely different light. It's quite simple to point out the quite obvious differences when compared to Mr. Romney's photograph:

  • He is standing in front of an American Flag, making him appear patriotically sincere.
  • He leans forward, sincerely, and uses his sincere right hand to emphasize a sincere point. His gesture is assertive yet comforting: not quite a threatening fist but still sufficiently aggressive to let everyone know that more jobs are on the way.
  • His visage is locked in a sincerely focused point-making face. No one could possibly doubt his sincerity, given that face. He confidently stares down the threat of imminent fiscal crisis.
  • A slight patina of presidential sweat glistens from his forehead, assuring his audience that he is working hard for the American People. Compare this image with that of Mr. (R)omney, who is so pale as to almost be clear.


Whoop, there it is.

It's blazingly easy to identify media bias in the media. Everyone means well, but obviously we all come from circumstances and experiences that impact the photographs we select when we publish articles. Be constantly on the lookout for examples.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Niteriter profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Nicomp, I will never, ever sit on a chair on which I know you have placed a cushion. Your knack for hiding those sharp, pointy pins where they will inflict the most damage is insidious. Your devious instinct for insidious pranks gives me countless moments of pleasure.

      Great work as usual!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, nicomp, for stripping away my media-bias innocence. I shall be forever in your debt.

      This was funnnneeeee.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Without discussing politics, the media does this with all stories...they take quotes and pictures that "proves" the point they are trying to make. Even advertisers do the same things with their commercials. It can be frustrating to those that want the honest truth...but in their eyes, the truth is in the "eyes of the beholder"

      Well Done!!! Voted Interesting and Useful!! Thanks for sharing!!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)