1. This article is an analysis of current public ratings of the republican and democrat candidates for the upcoming presidential election. I chose it because I want to know how many people are really considering Trump as a viable candidate and what type of people they are, which the article answered for me.
2. The articles states the research came from a “Post-ABC News poll” taken on Sept 7-10 “among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including landline and cellphone respondents. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points”
3. How did they determine what was a random sampling of the population? Would people who answer phone calls and take surveys have different political viewpoints than those who don’t?
Are the media biased? How do you know? Well, to answer your first question, yes and as for the second, BECAUSE I SEE IT (don’t always disagree with it – but I do see it). But trust me I’m not the only one.
There are a few motivators I have found that influence bias – money, benefit, and allegiance. The funny thing about these influences is that they are all simultaneously used in an everyday life that we categorize and accept and this category is exactly where the information industry (television, radio, newspapers, magazines, etc.) fits – as a business. Often times the information we view as news does indeed “pay the bills” or provide some advancement to the brand when reaching the public. Much of this stem from a relationship, whether it be political, personal, or professional, between the subject and the source.
To think that the media is not biased would be ludicrous. For the purposes of Political Communication 4473 (#mc4473 for the Twitter audience) such a thought – simply put – would just be ignorant. Mediated communication is the way we get our political news these days. The reason for this lies in the first word of the previous sentence – mediated. There is and will always be something, or someone, in between the information the public receives. More times than none, when this information is received from sources like FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC or whatever your preference for receiving news might be, one, if not all, of the previously mentioned motivators play a significant part.
Bias Media coverage is one of those things that you know is there and sometimes have accepted for so long that one does not know what to do about it. It has even been around so long that there are those who pick out the smallest of details to make an argument that would otherwise go no where
ALL MEDIA HAS SOME BIAS. Not some, but all have some bias. Some presentations of information all have bias as well. In fact, there is some bias in this entry. Unbiased reporting or gathering is currently a fantasy, especially in the political realm. WE live in America – a country where competition is every day life. If all political reporting was unbiased, when election time comes it might actually force the American people to vote for what is right. Imagine that. Until that time…
I feel that the media are biased in many ways. From advertising, to selection of news stories, to political news bias, there are a number of means by which media outlets can express bias. Magazines, local news stations and newspapers, among other media outlets, must focus on and report the stories that will appeal to their audiences the most. This creates bias that is sometimes unavoidable. To sell a story or a media source, a certain audience has to be marketed to in order to satisfy viewers.
Sometimes it is the lack of news coverage that is the source of bias. When certain companies are owned by larger conglomerates, they can be limited in what they themselves can display as news. Such a time occurred when a segment on 20/20, an ABC show, was forced to pull a story on Disney Parks that revealed information about the parks that cast an unfavorable eye on some of their operations (this was discussed in the spring semester of 2010 in Communications 2100, taught by Professor Aubrey). Because ABC itself is owned by Disney, this was the reason for this push to not air the story. Upon further research, the most recent mention of Disney Parks on 20/20 comes from this month and focuses on the Chilean miners and the recent promise they received to get to attend Disney World with their families. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12775478
Examples of political news bias also occur almost daily in the most common sources of political media that we access. Among these include MSNBC, which is know to lean to the left side of politics, as well as Fox News, which is often thought to support more conservative political views. People seeking political information can turn to whichever outlet they feel will best support their own views and thus encourages this bias. Another bias comes from sources such as AP news, which although gives news updates quickly and seemingly not leaning to one political party or another, displays a regional bias toward Western democracies.
Finally, political leaders can play into these biases by their support and appearance on certain networks that lean to their side of the political scale. One such bias can be seen in the following image, which demonstrates the previously mentioned liberal view of MSNBC and how members of Congress have responded to this bias:
Overall, the bias of the media can be seen in many forms. It is our job to choose how fully we rely on all of our sources for political information and news in order that we do not fall victim to these biases unknowingly.
This week I wanted to answer the question of being involved in politics and how it is just as important as being involved in “real life”. In the society we live in now, when people want a quick question answered there is one universal website people choose… GOOGLE. It is a simple search engine people can run to with any questions they have about politics, who to vote for, as well as blogs such as mine.
There are many ways to use the internet to help you better educated yourself on how to track politics online. Here is a video that shows how easy it is to track politics online.
For democracy the implications are set up in a win/loose situation. It is a win for US the american people, but at the same time it I believe it is a loose for campaign teams. The internet makes it much harder to regulate what people have access to see on each candidate. Back before the internet, people weren’t able to build as much information about each candidate for themselves.
In this video of Mr. Blunt you can see how Roy Blunt hates clean energy, or so it seems.
This ad is trying to get the audience to understand that Roy Blunt is against clean energy. It shows how he voted against spending money to have a more green country. This reminds me of anti-abortion ads, because some ads try to make some politicians look like they are for abortion. We all know people are not for abortion just like we know there aren’t people in this world for destroying our earth.
The intended audience I would say are younger voters who care more about a more green environment.
I believe the ad is very effective because it shows us (the audience that Blunt doesn’t feel clean energy is important).
Speaking in my political communication class thus far in the semester, it is obvious that the news is biased. The difficult task is to find news that isn’t biased. Currently living in Columbia Missouri I am fortune enough to have both sides of most stories liberal and conservative.
One interesting point my professor brought up during class is a way to judge the biased system that is media. He spoke of a scale that measures how far away each news source is from being hardcore liberal and hardcore conservative. The middle is where news SHOULD be. When people speak of foxnews and how it is very conservative, many people are probably comparing it to how cnn or msnbc report. Compared to those news sites it is very conservative, but compared to where the middle is, it is not as bad as what it is made out to be.
Back to my original question, what news isn’t biased. Sense I am a student at the University of Missouri, I am fortunate enough to know about Newsy. Newsy gathers information from many different sources and is able to put together content with convince to help keep you better informed. It also offers a way to better understand world news in an easy to use fashion.
Another topic to bring up is why news is biased. I believe the reason news is biased is because of one thing, $$$. These companies, (fox, nbc, cnn, abc) are all after one thing, making money. If someone can offer a certain amount of money to say something, any of those organizations will take it. A good website to detect if the news is biased can be viewed here.
Even though this is a serious problem I do not see it going away in the near future. Republicans want to watch news that confirms what they believe as well as democrats. It’s the people in the middle that are stuck trying to find ways to make an honest opinion.
There have been findings such as this one out of UCLA. This political scientist believes,
Almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.”
Which I believe is understandable, these journalists are broadcasting out of big cities such as NYC and Chicago. There aren’t very many television stations that broadcast nationwide out of Mid Missouri.
I would love some feedback to see how you feel on this subject.
Till next time,
I did a quick count of where everyone said they got their political information from and here are the results.
The most frequently mentioned source of political information was CNN, which received 10 mentions.
Next was parents or family members, mentioned 7 times.
Here are the rest of results, with number of mentions in parenthesis:
National Television Sources (20)
International Television Sources (2)
Local Television News (one specific mention of KOMU) (2)
- New York Times (4)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch or stltoday.com (4)
- Columbia Tribune or Missourian (3)
- USA Today (3)
- Maneater (1)
- Wall Street Journal (1)
- Chicago Tribune (1)
- Dallas Morning News (1)
- Le Monde (1)
- International Herald Tribune (1)
Online Sources (13)
- Newsy (2)
- Huffington Post (2)
- Politico (2)
- Google news (1)
- Military.com (1)
- Yahoo news (1)
- Gallup (1)
- Rasmussen (1)
- The Hill (1)
- John Combest (1)
School (social studies, political science classes) (3)
Other TV shows/networks (2)
- NPR (1) – but this was a grad student, so maybe doesn’t count?
Like I said, this was a quick count, so I might have missed or miscategorized something.
But overall, traditional sources (TV stations, newspapers, and family) led other sources. However, often the mentions of a traditional TV or newspaper source was actually of the website for that source, so I got the sense that most of the political information sources for the class are online sources. A few people specifically mentioned CNN apps for an iPhone.
Anyway, what else stands out from these results? We will discuss further in class on Thursday.