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Abofari 1Kwadwo AbofariLesson 3 Writing Assignment Due February 14th, 2020POLS 1101[email protected]
Abofari 2Kwadwo AbofariProfessor Dion GeorgePOLS 211114 February 2020Media Bias and SocietyMedia bias is a Media bias is a demonstration or indication of political bias in journalisticreporting, in programming selection, or in mass communications media. The media selectively chooses what they want to release to the public to program many people that watch the news regularly to think a certain way. CNN and MSNBC are often cited as examples of liberal media bias, but Fox News is cited as an example of conservative media bias. Liberal can be defined as being open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. Conservative can be defined as holding to traditional values and cautious about change or innovation especially in politics. The media is biased toward both liberal-progressive values as well as conservative values depending on the specific media outlets that one may access. Most people that watch mainly CNN and MSNBC are steered to support liberal values because they deliberately promote those values. In the modern age, there is media bias especiallyon social issues and the economy. “And the political press in the U.S. has an overwhelming leftward tilt, mostly on social issues, but also on economic matters” (New York Times). One example of liberal media bias in the 2008 presidential election is “bias by placement.” For instance, “during the 2008 presidential election, media outlets were criticized for helping Barack Obama win the White House while portraying the John McCain and Sarah Palin in a poor light.”
Abofari 3(Halbrooks) According to the 2008 poll results, 33% of the stories about Obama were positive in tone, 35% were mixed or neutral, and 29% were negative. 57% of John McCain’s stories were negative and 14% were positive. 39% of Palin stories carried a negative tone, while 28% were positive, and 33% were neutral. In this case, the media was accused of downplaying John McCain and Sarah Palin while supporting Barack Obama. Most newsrooms like CNN and MSNBC do not think highly of conservatives. An example is that “The most crucial role of our press is scrutinizing those in power and those who want power. Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and the others all deserve intense scrutiny of their policy proposals, their past and their stated beliefs” (Carney). Dr. Carson has portrayed the 2016 presidential election scrutiny of him as a witch hunt, and many conservative voters believe it was unfair. The mainstream media, especially the more liberal news stations, attacked Ben Carson verbally because of his conservative political stance and opinions.