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Media Bias

I believe that the media is biased. As we all know, CNN favors the democratic party and FOX News favors the republican party. What I did not realize until doing research for this assignment, was how biased the networks can be. Here is a clip aired by MSNBC discussing CNN’s coverage of the State of the Union address.

From the video, I have a better understanding of how biased the media can be. In the clip that aired on MSNBC, which is a news network that is not as biased as others, analyzed the way CNN handled news coverage of the State of the Union address. CNN aired a clip of Michelle Bachmann speaking on a webcast on the Tea Party website. They used this clip in their broadcast as an addition to the Republican Response. Since Michelle Bachmann has been labeled Tea Party, grouping her response with the Republican response could skew how viewers see Republicans. Rachel Maddow, who is a news-anchor for MSNBC stated that this was

A remarkable act of journalistic intervention to elevate, in effect, a group with which they are co-sponsoring a presidential debate…to the level of the major parties in this country.

This is just one of many examples of Broadcasting Networks portraying opposing parties in a “negative” light. CNN is not alone in doing so. Many other news stations do so as well. Fox News has been known to portray Democrats negatively. However, Viewers now have so many network options, that they can tune into whichever channel they believe accurately portrays their beliefs.

TV News is not the only media source that is bias. Network websites, newspapers, and magazines can all be viewed as bias. This is not always a bad thing. People enjoy reading or viewing what other people have to say. I personally enjoy reading both sides. Although I usually favor one side over the other, I can honestly say without media bias the news would be less interesting.

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  1. February 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Though Rachel Maddow is a liberal commentator, correct? So her criticism of CNN is from a liberal perspective. Can a liberal commentator “objectively” detect bias in media content?

    This is a good-looking blog post. Good length and use of quote/video.

  2. February 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    But you forgot to add tags to your post. That cost you some points on the grade, so be sure to add those next time.

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