April 8, 2012
Critically Reviewing News Media
The role of news media in providing fair, accurate, and balanced reporting today has come into question, particularly when the subject is politics. Politics is a subject that can bring out the best in people and it can also bring out the worst. For the longest time the press has been referred to as the liberal media, and rightly so, as the more prominent news networks like CNN, MSNBC, Politico and several others, show obvious signs of bias as it relates to politics. This creates a bit of a dilemma if you are trying to obtain factual information in which to make an educated personal decision, and therefore employing critical evaluation is always the best approach. What’s more is with today’s technology and the Internet, critical evaluation of any information is necessary and all sources should be vetted accordingly. Bloggers and citizen reporters wrestle with journalists for breaking news every day, showing the wide open venue of reporting that the Internet creates, and as it should be the intent of even bloggers and citizen reporters to adhere to the same or similar ethical practices as journalists, unfortunately there has yet to be any oversight implemented for internet sources. Fox News Channel ran a story in which President Obama slammed the GOP budget plan that recently passed through Congress. Referring to the budget plan as a step toward Socialist Darwinism, Obama, in what was nothing more than a prelude to what will be his main platform for re-election, ridiculed Paul Ryan and Congress for nearly ten minutes. Ryan, instrumental in the authoring of the budget responded by stating that the President, as always twists and misconstrues the facts and pointed out that at least the GOP put a budget on the table, something that has not been accomplished by this administration in the three and a half years that they have been in play. This author, as with any medical procedure, frequently seeks a...