Do you ever wonder when you are watching the news if what you’re hearing is true or exaggerated? Trust me it’s not true! The bias in the media has made our news opinion based instead of maintaining their neutrality. This has made the public poorly informed. Last year MSNBC, Fox News and CNN were tested on their opinionated comments for three days. MSNBC had 85% opinion 15% fact. Crazy, right? Fox News had 55% opinion with 45% fact and CNN had 45% opinion and 55% fact. But were these facts supporting their views? Of course they were Fox even admitted, “We offer opinions not seen anywhere else.” This is just me but shouldn't you say that you offer facts or quality something other than opinion? People want to feel that they can trust their facts.
Now if you happen to be a Republican, Conservative, or agreeing to the shutdown you may think that I’m picking on Fox a little bit. Some reporters are calling this era the “Foxification of News.” You could think this is outrageous and a crazy comment to a so called “fair and balanced” quality news show but just watch this clip and you may believe me. I was surprised at how they viewed a Democrat being elected for president, John Kerry, they thought of it as “unthinkable” for it to happen. Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s go to the government shutdown. The problem is that the public is being poorly informed of why this shutdown is happening. The Obama administration had passed a law for affordable healthcare A.C.A act. The Republicans didn’t agree with some of the details about this new law so they threatened to shut down the government and ultimately did resulting in hundreds of thousands government workers without pay for several weeks . The political press’s job is to hold one party (republicans) accountable for their actions and notify the public about what has happened. "Journalists have been suckered into embracing 'balance' and 'neutrality' at all costs," says Dan Froomkin from Aljazeera. The press is showing a bias from not holding a party responsible. Why Does the press choose not to hold the Republicans responsible?
Bias in the news is sometimes viewed as normal. Frederick Allen states “Every one of us is biased; we all like to hear news in a way that supports our own preexisting views”. The bad thing about newspapers is that they’re forced to use bias and or facts to support their opinion. If they don’t make their stories interesting the newspaper can’t exist because it won’t attract readers. One way to identify different types of bias is Commercial bias. The preference for exciting stories. So if there’s a US senator that dies the news would rather focus on Kim Kardashian's baby. Bad news bias. A child was kidnapped, raped and killed makes us drawn to read the rest of the stories.
It is our job as citizens to find trustworthy news information this is difficult because we all have a bias and we just need to match that with a news show. We pay a price for freedom in the US this is just one of those prices we pay. This is human nature we just want hear our views mirrored back at us.The CNN President claimed "In this day and age you should have a point of view, but not necessarily one that's rooted in knee-jerk ideology.” I agree with this quote because everyone has bias but not one that we’re born with or destined to have. The bias has made our news very unreliable.
We can all try to find reliable news but we must face that most of the things we hear in the news is either not true or exaggerated. PBS and Al Jazeera are two good examples of news programing trying to break the barrier of bias to transform our news and make the public more informed. So think twice when you see a outrageous news headline and check your sources to find out why this story is so important. That’s what will do and I hope you will too.
Update: November 14, 2013
This project has really made me realize if what I hear on the news is real or just what they want me to either hear or think. This has definitely changed my mind on what the news shows are trying to do which is to make us notice them and hopefully watch again. This is a great idea because it will make people notice you but it also makes the american public a lot less informed on the current issues facing our world today. An example is maybe the pope approves twerking but a plane crashed in Norway killing two thousand civilians. This helped clarify this issue because I didn't know all the types of bias and who targets who with different biases in the news. I was also able to realize how serious this issue is because it has become so hard to find news that is not opinionated. I did had to do a little extra research to prove that Fox News's bias does work because their ratings are very high so people are obviously are buying into their bias. I enjoyed the writing of blogging because you can write like you're having a conversation so it comes much more naturally than a paper which has more guidelines. I also think that with the writing style of blogs people are able to connect with you better because of the personal touch being put on the writing. Blogging is a way to share your ideas with the whole world safely and effectively. I enjoyed this project and might even do some more blogging in my free time.