The thesis above is true since many reports as well the analysis of those reports have evidence of the media not correctly covering a story since they aren’t asking helpful questions or discussing informative ideas, but simply arguing about things that will prove their or their demographic's point. From the point of view of Eric Deggans, a TV and news analyst from NPR, the reporters become so obsessed with proving their point that the important questions that will help many to better understand and think about racial issues better are not even asked.(Deggans) During a (Meet the Press) report for example, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had said that white police officers wouldn’t be in the black neighborhoods if the people in those neighborhoods weren’t killing each other so much, which later would’ve started up an argument and discussion about just the violence occuring within the neighborhoods and whether that has an effect, which is way too broad. The reporter had said this even when he didn’t ask the correct and helpful questions that would be able to teach everyone fully on the racial issue that was being reported. Those helpful questions include the effects of poverty, gangs, and drug enforcement on the rate of crime in those areas. So, instead of doing their job and reporting on the news, which includes having conversations that aren’t always arguments but informative conversations, they have unhelpful arguments and discussions that do not teach or inform anyone an unbiased point of view. This improper coverage of racial issues, is very personal to me since I too watch the news not thinking that there will be a heavy bias, and I am now distant to continue since they are nearly lying to the viewer when doing this. Their coverage,which can lead to much bigger problems, can be influenced by the need to please the audience and get more viewers as well as to prove an individual point in the argument and even much more. (Deggans)
As well as not discussing the issues properly the media controls what is eventually shown on the news. They may show certain angles of riots, fights or protests just to show a large dramatic side to an issue so they can get in viewers even though there is much more to a racial issue than just the violence. A panel done by reporters at CNN perfectly discusses this issue of only showing certain things for viewers and all that of the things that can come with it. All of this specific footage being shown for a specific reason this can really lead to affect the public and how they think of that issue. The coverage of the Ferguson trial, according to Al Jazeera, was very centered on only the violent and riot aspect of the situation as that was what was considered more gripping and interesting to watch. Footage of a news team shows them getting in the way of a police team just to get what would’ve been a dramatic shot that would’ve made the issue look more violent than it was. In reality, the real purpose of that coverage was supposed to show the actual jury decision on the case. The decision was the biggest part of the issue but was only barely reported on by most of the media sources there. Also, the people that are chosen to be interviewed and speak on behalf of an issue are manipulated by the media as well. With the reports on 9/11 came an observation that showed how the media was picking only the white subjects to question as they would be answering according to what most people watching might agree with and relate to.
Although there is lots of evidence out there to prove this, there are still some who could have a con argument to mine. Some might say that the media outlets and news networks are able to report on the issues as they want to as they have the freedom of press and speech. According to a study done recently in 2005 by a student attending the University of California, even though the news networks, like Fox News, are still biased in many ways, there are now more people filtering out the bias and detecting it due to other reports from other news channels. It also showed that there are far more fewer people still watching the Fox News Network regularly. As well, the other news and media outlets available are more often used and more trustworthy with unbiased reports since they are getting a wider variety of people as well as opinions who have seen had different things. Social medias would be very good to get a collective voice heard.
To that, I think that even though the few media sources that are still watched and trusted for the reports on racial issues and much more still have the obligation to report the news straightforward and as it is, so that those looking for the information can get the correct information. Also, reporting on it correctly will help not to insult those families and people involved. Even if they have an opinion to express or viewers to appease, they still can, but their priority is to report the news as it really is and not think of just themselves and their viewers. It may have been on purpose and has gone unnoticed until now, but the amount of bias and manipulation in the news has gone out of control and can really affect those involved, those hoping to learn more and those who either want to help or oppose the issue.
In conclusion, the current state of some major news sources have gone too far into reporting biased, manipulated and controlled racial issue news that will appeal to those viewers that the source wants to. Although, a social media site like Twitter would be good as it has way more educated and hopefully unbiased voices than the mainstream media. Also, those that watch the news’ perspective will be off as it has been biased and manipulated from the news that they watch which can cause unfair and uneducated decision making and arguments for many. Many simple and effective solutions come to mind which could help to improve this issue and lots of the coverage of racial issues in media. For the media to become completely unbiased when reporting on very critical and very important racial issues may take awhile but it is important to create a more educated society and community
After analyzing my blog closer and reading comments that gave me feedback as well as more information, I’ve learned a lot. My opinion still hasn’t changed that the media is manipulating what is shown to the audience and said which is effecting the viewers and public everywhere with biased information. Even though all of the comments gave support and agreed with what I had to say in my blog, I was still able to see even more perspectives on this situation. They helped me to clarify my stance and idea of the issue as it showed that I wasn’t the only one with that opinion. From those comments alone I have been able to learn more information that would've been very helpful and useful to make my blog better and clearer. Even though I thought I had known the situation pretty well, the feedback helped me to learn even more on it. I learned more about how the media bias can eventually spread around the world through social media and even affect even more ethnic groups. I also learned more about how there is a growing double standard that’s a direct result from this issue. That information and more like it could’ve helped to make my essay more intriguing and interesting to other readers which will also help to get the issue at hand out faster. In order to even reply to those comments, I needed to do further research which was very eye-opening. From this specific blog I’ve learned a lot about blogging and all of the research and hard work that can go into them. This experience will also help me to expand my writing and research skills for future projects.