Media Bias in America
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Thesis statement: Thesis statement: America must implement policies that eliminate media bias and require media outlets to report the news as fairly and objectively as possible. I. Reasons for media bias
A. Personal opinions
B. Financial gains
1. Reporters encouraged to be biased
2. News outlets being paid off
C. Political agendas
2. Big businesses
II. Implement policies
A. Access to an unbiased news source
1. Improved access to technology
2. Public education
B. Governing agency
III. Conclusions about ideal fairness and objectivity in the news A. Desires of US news outlets
1. Remain the primary news source
a. Internet rise as a news source
b. Amateur reporters
Continue to be profitable
B. Personal goal
1. Political accountability
2. Public awareness
a. Acknowledge the problem
b. Consequences of media bias
Influence of daily decisions Media Bias in America
Every news source in every home is filled with it. It dictates television, the Internet, and print. On practically a daily basis all over the news networks, media bias in America is a controversial and popular subject. Media bias has been a long standing issue in American society. It is a subject that people can sometimes be unaware of the fact that it is even occurring due to the media’s subtle tactics. Although most Americans are certainly aware of the bias concerning many news networks. In the past millions of people have relied on mass media to receive the daily news. However, after multiple incidents of being deceived by news sources, many people feel as though they can no longer trust the information that is being relayed through mass media. Traditional mass media is an important part of how the American public receives daily news. The American people need a quick, reliable, and objective news source to obtain factual information that impact how people make decisions and go about their daily lives. Journalists initially aspire to report objectively and fairly; however, the end presentation reflects personal opinions, financial gains, or political agendas. Regulation and standards of editing need to be implemented in order for journalists’ final presentation to the public to be balanced and objective. It is a common strategy, in an attempt to seem objective, in which journalists apply the fringe theory when reporting. To the public, it would appear as if all sides of the story had been reported. However, what is actually happening is that the news organizations are dismantling the facts. There is a value of objectivity to be upheld. Objectivity, as White states, “is not simply a debate to hold in seminars and journalism schools. It is a fundamental value of public discourse and collaboration.” However, the debate as to whether or not journalism can remain completely objective will endure as long as people continue to defend it (White). On a routine basis it is more likely than not to find that the majority of traditional and mass media networks will coincidently unearth and air the same stories and the same video clips at exactly same time. Bowden used a good example of such an incident; the day that president Obama nominated U.S circuit court judge Sonia Sotomayo to the Supreme Court in 2009. Shortly following the president’s announcement, as Bowden also points out, Sotomayo became a target of the media in which MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CBS, and ABC were all airing the exact same video clips of Sotomayo at precisely the same time. Most networks give no claim, credit, or question as to where the information comes from; the imported information, especially video, is simply accepted as fact or truth by the vast majority of traditional media. This also lends an excellent example of the impact and affect that media has on voters. Previous to Sotomayo being nominated in May of 2009, many people had never heard of her;...
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