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Bias On Television All Over The World

859 words - 3 pages

Most of people believe that television news programs present biased information. On the other hand, there are people who believe that TV news just states the facts, and that it is not biased. These people who believe that TV news states the facts believe whatever they hear and see on TV. But the truth is that bias is everywhere, especially in today's media. Television news programs present biased information because everyone has their own opinions and their own ways that will be presented in the way they think or in the way they like. In addition, news stations present biased information to influence their audience to believe specific viewpoints.
It’s very important to know how news stations can influence their viewers. Postman and Powers give a great example in their essay “Television News: The Language of Pictures”. They said, “One might be able to identify the ship as Soviet or American, but there would be no way of telling where in the world the carrier was, where it was headed, or when the pictures were taken. It is only through languageــــwords spoken over the pictures or reproduced in themــــthat the image of the aircraft carrier takes on specific meaning” (Postman and Powers, 2010, p. 218). In the previous example, people argue that whatever the news station mentions about that aircraft carrier, viewers believe it. It is just because the picture didn’t provide enough information about that carrier. The picture did not tell where the carrier was, who it was belong, or when the photo was taken. Since the picture did not give enough information about that carrier, it is news station’s responsibility to provide information about that carrier. News stations use this chance to provide information in the way they want to make the viewers believe in their viewpoints.
To make viewers agree with them, news station uses a particular evidence to support their claims and their ideas. They use a specific language to make their viewer believe in their viewpoints. For example, there was a football game between Umm Salal Qatar and Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia last year in the Asian champion league. After the end of that match, there was a fight between the two sides of the teams. Cameras showed the fight from a heightened distance, and they did not zoom in. As a result, nothing was clear for the audiences. For those who were watching the match on TV, they couldn’t see who...

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