Are people aware of how deep Media Bias actually is?

MEDIA BIAS  In an undergraduate speech class long ago, my university professor had us reviewing and critiquing public speeches, including those of state politicians. Up until this class, I really had no idea as to what a biased speech was. I have a feeling that in our society today, if more people were aware of the different types of speech/presentations, they might not be so gullible about what they hear and possibly demand more accountability for what is and isn’t posted.

I, in particular, vividly remember hearing my first biased speech of a prominent state senator. Having studied biased opinions in speeches, my eyes were truly opened as to the meaning. Taking a biased opinion to the next level, with ‘demonstration of pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism, rather than individual’s articles, Wikipedia describes this as media bias. They also state that this is a widely disputed issue worldwide.’

Wikipedia went on to state that ‘because it is impossible to report everything, selectivity has become inevitable; such as, Government influence, including overt and covert censorship, which biases the media in some countries, for example North Korea and Burma. Market forces that result in a biased presentation including, the ownership of the news source, concentration of media ownership, the selection of staff, the preferences of an intended audience, and pressure from advertisers.’

According to Wikipedia, “The Media Elite, written by S. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman, and Linda Lichter, details a social scientific study of the ideological commitments of elite journalists and the consequences of those commitments on both the reporting itself and on its reception by the public. The book states that because of the political opinions of journalists, the elite media has a liberal media bias. The conservative media research center contends that The Media Elite is ‘the most widely quoted media study of the 1980s and remains a landmark today.’ Some aspects of the methodology have been challenged, and the authors debated their critics in academic journals. ”

The picture of a complicated issue has clearly risen to the top. The complexity of the matter makes it almost impossible for the average person to dig through the garbage and find the actual facts. It can be done but requires homework/research on one’s part to uncover the truth. Maybe that’s why we currently see merely conservative and liberal opinions; presented by the largest groupings of people/opinions. I don’t see much of a chance for the individual journalist’s opinion to ever survive in the current arena, unless it’s linked with the larger groupings and biases.  The degree of difficulty for individuals to think and report freely is quite evident, especially when most employers are known to be biased.

We, as human beings are made up of many experiences throughout our lifetimes.  We pretty much make up our own  opinions/beliefs secondary to the view created by our life experiences. These facts in themselves, make one wonder how it is that only two biased trains of thought consistently surface, that have the power to dictate what it is that, we the people, supposedly believe in regards to the mainstream issues. Are the current purveyors for our constitutional right of  “freedom of speech” truthfully representative of us the people? Only way to truly find out, is to do your homework and seek out the truth. That EFFORT thing once again ya’ll!





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