Essay The Effect of Media Bias in America

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Broadcast news can be dangerous, not because of what it reports, but because of what it doesn’t. This applies to all forms of media. As time has gone by the media has changed from what I remember as a child watching the news. It was the election of Ronald Reagon, I remember that it was a big deal. In this time we trusted the media to tell us what was going on in the country. Not to mislead us and not to lie to us. To give us the facts and not the opinions of a select few, I didn’t really know any different until I the got internet, and in the mid ninety’s I saw the beginning of the change in media but didn’t know it. So I ask now what has happened? In this essay I will review some facts on media bias and where we are today. I will…show more content…
The next in the list, number five is one I think is used quite a bit: selective omission. Selective omission is the media controlling access to information and the manipulation of public statements. The media does this to make the subject look good on one side and bad on another to bring on an emotional response of sorts, or maybe just to hide the truth from the public for reasons unknown. Number six in the list of media violations is using true facts to draw false conclusions. This one is self-explanatory. It’s not used a whole lot, besides in time of war or conflict. The media uses this to make their side look better or worse, depending on what they are trying to achieve. Do they want to be winners or do they want pity from their readers or watchers? The last violation is the distortion of facts. The media does not always have the facts, so they simply make some up. The internet is really bad about this. The violation of media objectivity, are a list of bias that the media use to push their opinions of events in the way they want us to see.
How dose bias apply to our media? In the list above I have seen first hand all of the seven violations of media objectivity. For some examples I would like to look at a few articles from the 2008 presidential election. On October 15, 2008, The New York Times and CBS both declared Barack Obama the winner of the 2008 presidential election. They didn’t do this in straight words they

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