Media Bias

In: Other Topics

Submitted By dario23
Words 843
Pages 4
Detecting Media Bias
Joshua Davenport
HUM/114
June 21, 2012
Dr. Geneace Williams/University of Phoenix

Detecting Media Bias Part A The importance of making critical evaluations of news stories comes to play in the recent stories about the Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman case. This is a story about a young black teenager and a neighborhood watchman that shot and killed the boy. Many news stations reported the story showing pictures of both of them that had been taken years prior to the actual event. Trayvon’s pictures showed him as an innocent boy and Zimmerman as upset and angry in a much earlier mug shot. The media shows bias to both these individuals and seemed to be concerned with sensationalism, rather than finding out the true facts in the case. The concern they showed at the time the story broke, appeared to be geared towards selling the story and building the story into a racially motivated incident. The news was not completely clear or accurate and the investigative methods were not sufficient in either depth or breadth. The stories promoted the idea that Trayvon was an innocent young black kid who just happened to be out late at night and that Zimmerman was just looking to act as judge, jury and executioner. The pictures of George Zimmerman seemed to promote prejudice and negative emotions from the audience. They used bias in the news by deliberately ignoring more current pictures of both these individuals. Many of the news channels seemed to deliberately ignore the truth of the story regarding what type of people both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were. A mug shot of a younger angry looking Zimmerman and a more recent picture shows Zimmerman in a dress coat and tie with him clearly smiling shows a distinct disregard for truthful reporting and bias in reporting. The news clearly chose to ignore any…...

Similar Documents

Media Bias

...Detecting Media Bias Obama administration's wishful thinking on terrorism This news article was very clear and accurate. The attack and events in Benghazi, Libya were brought to the media with inaccurate clarification. The uncertainty of why it took so long to characterize accurately what actually happened is still unknown. It is very clear that the aftermath of Benghazi on American politics is far from settled. Most of the facts reported were inaccurate. According to journal sources, the early al Qaeda connection to the Benghazi attack was discounted by the White House, following the lead of the director of national intelligence. The incorrect description of the attack is being blamed on intelligence briefers. The article had an alternate perspective which stated that if intelligence briefers would have viewed the video prior to given the report they would have seen that it was a complex and synchronized assault. There are continuous hearings to find out if a spontaneous attack would be neither predictable nor preventable and therefore less likely to invite blame for a lack of sufficient security. The questionable assumption is that the Republicans are trying to say the Democratic covered up the evidence that it was actually a terrorist attack rather than a pro-test .They are also saying that this is evidence that Obama’s policy of trying to rebuild bridges with muslin and other foreign countries have failed. Implications emphasized were the fact that the attack took......

Words: 307 - Pages: 2

Media Bias

... 2007, p. 1) module 1 Psychologists at Work What Is Psychology? The Subfields of Psychology: Psychology’s Family Tree Try It! Psychological Truths? Working at Psychology module 2 A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future The Roots of Psychology Today’s Perspectives Psychology and Your Life Psychology’s Key Issues and Controversies module 3 The Scientific Method Psychological Research Descriptive Research Experimental Research Research in Psychology module 4 Research Challenges: Exploring the Process The Ethics of Research Exploring Diversity: Choosing Participants Who Represent the Scope of Human Behavior Should Animals Be Used in Research? Threats to Experimental Validity: Avoiding Experimental Bias Becoming an Informed Consumer of Psychology: Thinking Critically about Research Psychology on the Web The Case of . . . Confusion Full Circle: Introduction to Psychology Wesley Autrey’s extraordinarily brave behavior illustrates the best of human nature. It also gives rise to a host of intriguing questions. For example, • How did Autrey make the split-second decision to give aid to the man who fell onto the tracks? Would he have made the same decision if he had more time to think about it? • What physical and biological changes occurred when Autrey leapt onto the tracks? • What emotions did Autrey experience as the subway car hurtled by above him? • What memories will Autrey’s children have when they think back to the frightening......

Words: 17380 - Pages: 70

Media Bias

...HUM/111 11/03/2012 Christina Hon Media Bias in Political News The Political headline news story that I read was accurate and the story did give enough depth for you understand what was going on. The facts were all stated in this article. The story was about Romney losing to a state he had thought he had won over and how the election was going to be a close call. The article never had any bias on who they thought was going to win the election, which was a good thing. They stated Romney progress and had also stated Obama’s, so they did not leave out any facts. Yes, the story did consider alternative perspectives as in they were stating that Romney could or could not win Iowa, they did not know either way. They also gave statements on why Romney did not win over Ohio. There were no questionable assumptions, in the beginning and the end of the article they had two questions, the first was if there were trouble signs in Iowa for Romney? The last one was asking if all of Romney’s efforts and hard work were enough, which they did not answer this, they just stated we would know in two days. The article did not ignore any implications on the two presidents; they talked about them equally passing no judgment on one or the other. I believe that it is important to make distinctions when undertaking a critical evaluation because you need to point out everything good about the person and the other person involved. Also you need to state the......

Words: 439 - Pages: 2

Media Bias

...Detecting Media Bias Bobbi Secrist HUM/111 Critical and Creative Thinking Kathy Kildow The first article that I came across when I did a search for national politics was one done by fox news, but since I have a bias against fox news I decided not to go with that one because I was not sure I could remain objective. The reason for my bias against them is that they have a reputation for having a particular political bias and I didn’t want that opinion to hinder my review of the article. Instead I have chosen to go with an article from The New York Times politics page entitled “9 Swing States, Critical to Presidential Race, Are Mixed Lot”. The reporting was clear and concise with plenty of depth and insight about the nine swing states for the presidential race: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. While the story did not consider alternative perspectives or worldviews it did report some very interesting facts without making assumptions. All political implications of which candidate could get the swing states were emphasized and I don’t feel that anything was ignored, but I do feel that the writer showed a little bit of disrespect to our president. Before President Obama I have never seen a president referred to as “Mr. Obama” or simply “Obama” but that is almost always the case with this president and I feel that does show a certain amount of bias.     It is important to make distinctions when undertaking a......

Words: 362 - Pages: 2

Media Bias

...suffering a lack of ratings due its policy of not going overboard with commentary. The cable news network that sticks closest to traditional, non-partisan news is the one that’s losing the ratings race. This sad commentary extends itself to the network news programs as well. The network may have a bias or an agenda but the anchor isn’t directly stating as such during the news broadcast. The anchors read the news from the teleprompter and don’t inject their opinions. The cable news shows, especially Fox and MSNBC should stop referring to themselves as news networks. News may be the well from which they draw upon for segments but ultimately those segments, no matter what they are labeled, will not be hard news. Ultimately every segment will be some form of entertainment meant to garner viewers and more importantly, sell ad space, not just report the facts of a story. They should stop pretending to be in the business of reporting anything and just admit, “It’s a work, it’s all fake, and we’re in the business of pushing political philosophies and occasionally getting someone elected.” While it is entertaining, I suppose, to see both sides accuse the other of shoddy reporting and bias where exactly does that leave the viewer? News entertainment makes us all dumber. We all end up being more uninformed and too caught up in political rivalries rather than holding our elected representatives accountable for their actions, immoral or otherwise. The point of a free press is to have an...

Words: 1029 - Pages: 5

Media Bias

...Detecting Media Bias This news story is about how Wells Fargo made record profits in 2012 new mortgages and mortgage refinancing. It outlines the success they had in each quarter and discusses the factors that affected this growth and speculates on whether or not the success can be maintained. I think the reporting of the story was clear and accurate. It shares that Wells Fargo was able to refinance a record number of loans and increase their earning 19 percent from 2011. I previously have worked for Wells Fargo; I see that the facts listed in this story appear to be accurate; it does not appear anything was fabricated or left out. The story provides quotes from Timothy J. Sloan, the chief financial officer of Wells Fargo, I think it was a nice touch; it is good to hear things from the source. I do not see that any questionable assumptions were implicit in this story. I do, however, feel that all aspects of this story were addressed, they outlined the success as well as the fact that it may be hard to maintain. They discussed the success of Wells Fargo, but also highlighted the settlement they were required to make to address their part in the mortgage crisis of 2008. This story does outline the mortgage program within Wells Fargo very well. I recall how aggressive Wells Fargo requires their associates to be, I do not miss talking people into refinancing – not one bit. It is important to make distinctions when undertaking a critical evaluation because you......

Words: 504 - Pages: 3

Media Bias

...outraged knocked down a 60 year old council member; later he did apologize for his actions during the meeting. I have chosen two articles about Toronto stripping Ford of his powers from creditable sources, CNN and The Guardian to critically evaluate. What is critical evaluation? Critical evaluations enables any person to determine the creditability, distinction from fact or opinion, detecting media bias, understand the authors purpose and requires critical thinking skills. While reading The Guardians story about Mayor Ford, I immediately felt it was very short, was missing details and I was unsure of the author’s purpose. The few facts that were presented about the meeting were accurate but vague. The author covered different perspectives of council members with just a few quoted remarks. Details about the council meeting were vague in detail and the reasons why The City of Toronto decided to vote against Ford were ignored. The author mentions vaguely about Ford knocking down a female council member. The author defiantly emphasized Ford’s admittance to drug use, which did seem just a little bias to me. The story even talked about why Ford openly talked about his sexual relations with his wife. The author failed to help the reader understand why this fact was even mentioned in the story. When reading this story I felt the author was making assumptions based on the way he or she was feeling. CNN’s story covering Mayor Ford was very clear accurate and had sufficient......

Words: 1018 - Pages: 5

Detecting Media Bias

...RUNNING HEAD: DETECTING MEDIA BIAS Detecting Media Bias University Of Phoenix HUM/114 June 16, 2013 Detecting Media Bias On April 15, 2013 at exactly 2:49pm, Boston time, two handmade pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing 3 and injuring over 200 innocent spectators. According to National News reporters across the globe, the bombs exploded 3 seconds apart and about 210 yards near the finish line. The city of Boston was in complete devastation. Many victims lost limbs from different parts of their bodies. There was nothing but cries of pain, confusion and unawareness as to what was really happening in America. At this point, the media begin to play the blame game and assume the unknown. Even though, President Obama spoke out to the US, acknowledging what happen but at the time he was oblivious of who could have possible did such horrible act of idiocy. Based on research, there was a 12 preposterous cases of media bias after the bombing streamed through the different types of media forums. For example, Wolf Blitzer from CNN News, stated, “It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots’ Day and, uh, who knows if that had anything at all to do with these explosions.” Other well-known reporters, tied the Boston bombing to an Al Qaeda terrorist attack. Inclusive to the faulty reports and assumption without the actual facts, many American citizens were in a frantic. There is an ole saying that says, you can’t believe everything that you hear, and this story...

Words: 501 - Pages: 3

Media Bias

...Media Bias and how it affects our country negatively English 112 Spring The biases the media has are bigger than conservative or liberal. They are all about getting ratings, making money and about doing stories that are easy to cover. This may seem like a trite statement but it hold enormous amount of truth. As Americans, we trust what reporters write in the newspaper, and say on television and radio stations. We expect them to report the truth. However, current media outlets distort stories and certain new reports are getting too much attention. The most important stories are never seen on television or read in the newspaper, or heard on the radio stations, while minor and trivial stories get the most coverage. Hence celebrity engagements, divorce, entrance to rehab centers and DUI cases that are sold to the media. Americans are then left without valuable information contrary to what story is getting 24- hour news coverage. Media bias is a term used to describe prejudice in news and media reports, in which is perceived as an imbalance or unfair presentation of facts or selective reporting of which events or facts reported. The main point here is when biases in media distorts certain stories, and other stories are spoken about entirely too much it hurts the democracy in America. The media, in that case, fails to focus on real issues that underlie the American culture, it has one-sided opinions, favoring a liberal’s point of view, and it caters to the......

Words: 1320 - Pages: 6

Detecting Media Bias

...Detecting Media Bias Part B HUM/114 November 1, 2012 Jacqueline Novak Detecting Media Bias Part B How might you use the strategies for applying creativity to problems and issues in addressing * * this topic? Why do you think these strategies might be effective? * Couple of strategies one would apply, when writing about Nadya Suleman (Octo-mom), to make the story still interesting, is by using less persuasion (bias), and more reasoning. Applying creativity, such as emphasizing factual information and being positive to the news article, addresses the same issue without being negative towards one human’s actions. This could set motivation for another set of audience, and serve as a motivational tool. There is so much negative feedback and finger pointing towards others, people do not stop to think and look at their behavior and choices in life. For example, Nadya Suleman filed for bankruptcy and she is getting bashed and belittled, but how many other Americans have filed for bankruptcy do to the economic meltdown? Another example, Ms. Suleman went into a rehab center, instead of this being an encouragement and a reality check for her self, and applaud her, the news made a bias on how she is a pill popping horrible porn star mother of fourteen children. Persuasion for poor thinkers is an excellent tool to attract media bias. How might you use the strategies for promoting curiosity in addressing this topic? Why do you think these strategies might be......

Words: 601 - Pages: 3

Media Bias

...Media Bias Denisthewriter Term Paper Warehouse Introduction Bias is the inclination on a particular side without considering the possibility of other alternatives. It results when one has already formed a judgement in his or her mind. People can be biased towards an individual, religion, and race or some actions done by people. These actions may be considered immoral by the society and hence the unfair judgement of one's character even without listening to the view of all sides. Media is a very important tool in the society. It informs people on what is going on. Many people take media especially major media companies to give the absolute truth. The media are also expected to be impartial. However, many cases of media biases have been noted. Media bias can be in some forms. Journalists and news producers may choose to present a particular story leaving out other stories that are more important. Bias may also result when a reporter takes sides and does not consider what the other sides has to say. This paper aims at comparing two articles and show any form of......

Words: 1209 - Pages: 5

Media Bias

...Media Bias American National Government After reading the article “Report from the Ombudsman” from Brill’s Content (ccis.ucourses.com/content) solidified the thoughts I had on the media being biased in their views. To get the truth you have to watch at least three different news channels and then research multiple sites on the Web. The ten simple questions he discussed in the article will make deciding if the content being reported is worth listening to. One of the key issues I see with journalists is they have their own agendas and are not secure enough in their position to have it questioned or debated on television. They are quick to attack their “opponent” with a barrage of unchecked fact-based questions and will not allow their victims a proper platform to respond. If the conversation is not going the way they want it to they will simply “run out of time” and go to a commercial break. Journalists say they are just doing their jobs and want the truth, but I know it’s merely for ratings and pushing their agenda. In researching the two websites listed in the content area, the Media Research Center (MRC) and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), I’ve come to the conclusion that there will always be bias in today’s media. The MRC is a pro Democratic website looking for biased media content that favor the “Right”, with FAIR doing the same for the “Left”. One New York Times article written by Neil Irwin was up for debate on FAIR’s website. The article was......

Words: 1049 - Pages: 5

Media Bias

...Media Bias in Reporting Social and Racial Injustices Nakia Dale DeVry University Media Bias in Reporting Social and Racial Injustices June 26, 2015, gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states on the weekend of the annual Pride weekend. There were celebrations everywhere. Celebrities, politicians, and every representative of the LGBTQ community was interviewed. The media covered the opinions of those who supported gay marriage, those that didn’t care about same sex marriages, and those who felt the world was coming to an end because of same sex marriages. There were experts on the new law providing their thoughts and theories on the subject. Rainbows were posted everywhere on social media, cars, and in communities. Pictures of same sex couples getting married were flashed across television screens, newspapers, and websites. Celebrating the beauty of marriage equality was high on many people’s lists, but in the midst of these celebrations, if you had been carefully following the news you were aware of several news stories that immediately stopped getting air time and were no longer considered newsworthy. As a viewer, you may have felt unsatisfied in the coverage of the other stories because the media left you dangling with no ending to the stories we were following. This is all too common when relying on the media for news coverage. Many viewers such as myself rely on the media to inform and educate the country on news that matters. When the same sex marriage topic......

Words: 2484 - Pages: 10

Media Bias

...Media Bias assignment Week 3 HUM/111 06/10/2012 GORSHA GALBRAITH Making critical evaluation is essential to understanding the underlying facts from media. The Travyon Martin & George Zimmerman case was well known issue in today’s society. Many news stations displayed Travyon depicted as an innocent boy and Zimmerman as a ruthless individual. The media facts were concerned with the entertainment and not the facts; it seemed like each news station was investigating the truth of story, but promoting Zimmerman as a prejudice blood thirsty killer. The Media used bias to depict each individual Travyon and Zimmerman, depending on the news station the media can make anyone seem like the villain in child’s story, the question to ask one’s self is this fair? There have been so many inaccurate information in the new media who can keep track of the assumption and misleading information; some of the information cannot place the role of Zimmerman in the event of the shooting. I believing reading between the lines in any media story or reading a book is essential, if the person and media don’t gather enough Intel it the new article or information is invalid cannot live up as facts, but most individuals don’t read between the media words of facts, not everything is the truth, the truth is whatever sound reasonable in the sake of inaccuracies errors, or bias statement in the media. Long story short, the media will entertain, post valid Intel from time to time, but not all the Intel......

Words: 596 - Pages: 3

Media Bias

...Yes the media does have a social responsibility. You need to look at the media as a teacher. They take the news and should be presenting it in a way that informs the listener. News anchors today need to keep in mind their responsibilities in the development of news stories. They must do one of two things; first keep all biases and personal opinions out of the news cast. If they intend to interject their own biases then they need to allow information to be presented from the other side as well. The media needs to ensure that every detail to a story is accurate and that it is relevant to the topic. With the speed and accessibility that the Internet has, news is brought to you at any time of the day or night. So the media outlet that is presenting the information for a news story needs to ensure that the information is truly correct and not flawed. Because once you submit the story on the Internet it is gone and available for all to read. This is done instantly, so you only have one chance to get it right. If the media gets a story wrong, especially if it has a race overtone to it, this can create hate and discontent amongst groups of different races. If you look into the Trevon Martin case, one major cable news anchor played a doctored 911 tape recording. This particular tape when played led the listener to a conclusion that was incorrect. So the media has an obligation to present truthful, accurate information at all times....

Words: 267 - Pages: 2