The Research Proposal
Title: The Impact of Media Bias on the Society Political Perspective. Mohamed Khalid Mohamed
Dr Firas A J Al-Jubouri
October 13th 2014
American University of Sharjah
Proposal: The Impact of Media Bias on the Society Political Perspective. Mohamed Khalid Mohamed
Although achieving the total objectivity is so hard, the media should be free from the political biases that support one opinion over the other, which lead to shape the public opinion. In order to understand how the society characterizes the media bias, I propose to write about the Media Bias effects on people political beliefs. in order to study the causes and the outcomes of this phenomenon, and also to know the counter opinion about this topic. Project Purpose, Description, and Outcome: The topic that I am willing to shed the light on is the Media bias. My main research question is whether politicians are making use of media bias to support their opinion, or we consider it as biased when it does not reflect our views ? These are the secondary questions that I want to discover:
•How do politicians are try to use media bias to their side ? •What are the factors that media use in order to contribute in shaping the public opinion ? • is achieving objectivity impossible ?
My working thesis is to highlight the consequence of the media bias. Mass media occupy an important role in any society in forming the public perception. Most of the public know the political issues surrounding them from the mass media. Therefore, manipulating the public opinion or hiding the full truth will consequence in a serious problem. This study will help me in developing new thoughts about the mass media role , develop an idea about the society ideologies. In tangible terms, this research will lead to a 11-13 page paper and a 6-minute class presentation. Project Plan: My primary research will contain gaining information by reading all the sources that I have. Another part of this research is to do a survey relevant to my topic to see how people surrounding me thinking. According to my secondary research, I will do another search in other databases in order to have more specific articles and books related to my topic. Primary Sources :
Goldberg, B. (2002). Bias: A CBS insider exposes how the media distorts the news. Lanham, MD; Washington, DC: Regnery Pub. Sloan, W. D., & Mackay, J. B. (2007). Media bias: Finding it, fixing it. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co. Secondary Sources :
Williams, M. E. (2011). Media bias. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. Ruschmann, P. (2006). Media bias. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers. Falk, E. (2008). Women for president: Media bias in eight campaigns. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Kuypers, J. A. (2014). Partisan journalism: A history of media bias in the united states. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. D'Alessio, D. (2012). Media bias in presidential election coverage, 1948-2008: Evaluation via formal measurement. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books. DellaVigna, S., & Kaplan, E. (2008). The political impact of media bias. Adkins Covert, T. J., & Wasburn, P. C. (2009). Media bias?: A comparative study of time, newsweek, the national review, and the progressive coverage of domestic social issues, 1975-2000. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Miller, D. A. (2012). Politics and the media. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. Lee, M. A., & Solomon, N. (1992). Unreliable sources: A guide to detecting bias in news media. New York: Carol Publishing Group. Gentzkow, M., & Shapiro, J. M. (2006). Media bias and reputation. Journal of Political Economy, 114(2), 280-316. doi:10.1086/499414 Baron, D. P. (2006). Persistent media bias. Journal of Public Economics, 90(1/2), 1-36. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2004.10.006 Newman, A. (2013). Blatant media bias. Appleton: American Opinion Publishing, Inc. Anonymous. (2008). Media bias II. Washington: Weekly Standard. Elvin, J. (1998). Media bias, anyone?. Washington: Washington Times Corporation. Timetable for Project: Here is my schedule for completing this project: 1. Finish reading the books and all the sources: November 14. 2. Making an outline for the research: December 11.
3. Finish the first draft: December 17.
4. Edit and Revise the research: December 20.
5. Develop presentation: January 10.
6. Submit paper and do presentation: January 12.
Project Approval: Dr. Firas, I would appreciate your approval of my project plan, and I will appreciate your feedback on my proposed research.