24 April 2013
Media Bias Research Paper
When a journalist or any other media outlet reports news with a point of view and not just the facts, it is called media bias. Media bias can happen in several forms. These include selective reporting of facts, omission of facts and deliberate distortion. Media bias in America comes mainly in two forms, conservative and liberal. Major media outlets are sometimes known for their bias reporting. The Fox News Channel tends to have a more conservative point of view with their reporting, whereas the NBC, ABC and CBS News Channels tend to have more liberal points of view. Audiences of these networks tend to be single minded when it comes to the issues being discussed. Impacts of this include a divide among the American public. As a result of this divide, America is becoming increasingly split into two poles on either end of the political spectrum. Americans have become more distrusting of journalists to deliver news fully, fairly and accurately. As media bias becomes a more prominent issue in modern society, it has shown to affect political issues and cultural issues as well as paving the way for a divided society in the future.
Politically, media bias has had a major impact on American society. This was exemplified in the recent presidential election as well as amounts of coverage on certain social issues. Media often displays bias by altering or omitting certain details. This strategy allows for the audience of the news outlet to be persuaded towards the specific networks point of view. An example was found when The New York Times changed their story about a speech presented by Mitt Romney to reflect their political point of view (Textbook Example). In turn, this introduced irrelevant information to the audience. A possible result of this is that the Democratic party maintained control of the Presidency. Selective reporting seems to force a view on an audience rather than supplying facts for the audience...