Media bias is displayed repeatedly in news coverage of black tragedies and in the persecution of black bodies. From protest following the non indictments of cop killing unarmed black men to the uninformed persecution of the BlackLivesMatter movement, mainstream media is constantly standing in opposition to anything that threatens the status quo. My five articles assessed said media bias, and if that bias whether negative or positive affected the African-American community.
From the beginning of time when humans started fighting wars regardless of the reasoning leaders discovered how important propaganda and the public’s opinion of why they were fighting the war. If the nation’s leaders believes in why they are fighting a war the Country willbe more likely to give their support and motivated to stay in the fight for the long haul. Edward R. Murrow, former reporter for CBS once said, "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment unpopular." A delicate balance exists between
The recent shootings of unarmed black men in places like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland and the riots/chaos that followed are difficult to overlook. Sitting in front of a TV screen, puzzled, watching recordings of interactions between citizens and police only led me to more questions. News channels all over, broadcasting of what
The American press are definitely proud of their heritage of editorial and commercial independence. They may even claim that they serve no master except the liberal credo of individual freedom and open markets. But the truth, however, is that a large percentage of media reports in America involve a certain amount of looking people straight in the eye and lying to them. In this paper, I will validate this claim by comparing their coverage of what is termed “racist police shootings” with the available facts and figures using the city of Boston as a case study.
Living in today’s society, everything is portrayed throughout the media’s perspective. The media can have individuals disagreeing or agreeing on a specific topic as they try to build their genuine opinions around to make it look as though it is not a big issue; some of the media can be guilty of biased reporting. Racial profiling and discrimination is one of the most sensitive topics that the media is endeavoring to overlook today. African-American people are visualized as an individual who commits crimes or performs illicit human actions. There is hope that attention will be brought to the brutal acts of the police force and the acts of any discrimination still being a problem presented today: in schooling, public places, etc.
Media coverage of news events can be disseminated to the general public in any number of different ways and media biases often “reflects certain organizational and/or professional preferences or values” (Bennett 2011, 173). In fact, Lundman (2003) points out “that journalists assess the newsworthiness of homicides occurrences using the relative frequency of particular types of murders and how well specific murder occurrences mesh with stereotypical race and gender typifications (357).” In addition, Johnson (2012) felt that the real job of media was to “create a message that…grabs public attention (62).” In other words, can the media grab the public’s attention and hold it?
Unfortunately, society is not receiving all of the information, which has resulted in riots and the Black Lives Matter campaign. These riots are aggressive, resulting in the destruction of communities and an overall disregard for societal safety. By analyzing media coverage, this paper will reveal how the
In this election year, the media has had it’s fair share of news stories to cover, from the effects of the presidential election, the rejection of the health care district, and even the appointment of a new Justice of the Peace.
This week in the media the negative images are at an all-time high. Television, satellite radio, and the internet you are being bombarded with negative images relating to the shootings of two unarmed black men and the five officer killed in the line of duty in Dallas, Texas. These two incidents have become the foundation for protest that have become violent, and for innocent people to get injured because of some individual’s private cause. Instead of the media focusing on stories that are positive in nature, they are following suit and pushing negativity for ratings purposes.
The serious inequalities throughout our nation are being looked past by the media and falling short on “multilayered reporting.” Although the media covers and publishes topics that are of interests to the public, the agenda of the media is to display a much softer approach to prevent any type of backlash from external influences, influential individuals, and governmental officials. Therefore, the coverage does not typically include the controversial topics such as the serious discrimination issues that lie within these neighborhoods or the daily struggles they experience. In the case of Ferguson, the economic inequality and racial tensions Michael Brown faced are not addressed in the medias main story line. The media tends to run with the police brutality news frame instead of understanding the complexity behind the social unrest and intense discriminations. The media often lacks the coverage of contextual situations in these cases and can inaccurately portray representations of the larger picture, creating and imbalance within our
In today’s society violence in the media has taken a toll, when white cops starting shooting black unarmed people. In the Washington Post, is sited the 492 people have been shot and killed by the police. There were several shootings that took place daily. The media on television would show every one of the shootings. The shootings were on Facebook, the news, and the newspaper. After showing these shootings, people would start to riot and protest. I saw the video of Philando Castile shooting on Facebook.
"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." This quote by A.J. Liebling illustrates the reality of where the media stands in today's society. Over the past twenty years there has been an increase in power throughout the media with regard to politics. The media's original purpose was to inform the public of the relevant events that occurred around the world. The job of the media is to search out the truth and relay that news to the people. The media has the power to inform the people but often times the stories given to the public are distorted for one reason or another. Using slant and sensationalism, the media has begun to shape our views in society and the process by which
News, in many forms, describes events and relays information to those who are interested or uniformed. Television programs, newspapers, online articles are a few forms of media that have become easily assessable. Mainstream media can also include Facebook, Twitter and other online social media sources. The main focus of this paper will be on The Akron Beacon Journal, the 10 o’clock Channel 8 news, and online news sources. In all three forms of media, the most popularized event is the recent shooting of Robert Goodwin Sr. by Steven Stephens. Limited criminal activates were reported, possibly due to the tragic event of the shooting, but the few that were reported will be described and examined.
Thousands of our nation's men and women were fighting for their country, yet the media limited the amount of information that they chose to pass on to the public. Each day the media is faced with the choice of making decisions of what news to pass on, when that news could make a significant difference in someone's life, or in the fate of our nation.