Bias and Corruption in the Media

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Bias and Corruption in the Media
Maurice Darbey Sr.
COM/156
May 20, 2012
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Have you ever been watching the news and thought you weren’t being given all the details in the story? Or as if the reporter was deliberately reporting in a certain manner to stir up controversy? If so, do not think you are the only one who feels this way. Over the years many people have accused the new media of having bias in their reporting. Certain news networks have appeared to have some sort of hidden agenda; therefore, they will express their views, or the views of their network through their reporting. This type of reporting has become more common with the advancement of the Internet and social media sites. People have instant access to all types of information on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When the media releasing information to the world without delivering all of the facts, the parties involved in the story can be subjected to unfair criticism and bias judgments. An example of this can be seen in the recent reports of the Trayvon Martin killing. The shooting of Trayvon Martin, has revealed the corruption and hidden agendas in today’s news reporting. The shooting of Trayvon Martin has revealed the corruption and hidden agendas in today’s news reporting. It has been said for years that there is bias in the media, and certain news stations report left or right winged views for their own political agenda. Many news networks have also been scrutinized for reporting false or altered information to improve their ratings. Although it is hard to prove or disprove their intentions are malicious, one can conclude their actions to be immoral. The media should not report, nor broadcast, any story where the facts are not prevalent. Breaking a story to the public before all the details are gathered is impractical and immoral.

The media has been accused to leave out key pieces of information in order to stir up controversy and debate. These...
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