Is the Media Bias? Many people including myself believe that it is. On the other hand, there are people who believe that media is not biased and just states facts. These people (i.e. my dad), who believe that media is not biased also believe that everything on TV is true, in my experience. We see bias in media (print or broadcast) many times. It might be the subtlest of things that is unnoticeable to more blatant attempts. The fact is bias is everywhere and it is very difficult to separate the two. The reasons why it is difficult are not clearly understood by my self but I can point toward the fact that everyone is the world has opinions and in some way or form it will be presented in the way they talk or write. The discussion of this paper is to see if we can find bias in media. We will be focusing our attention on the 2000 Elections and observing for bias in News Media articles regarding one of the Presidential candidates. My focus was on seven daily consecutive articles published by CNN. Each article was viewed for coverage of event, policy proposals, characterization and general tone of articles.
People might disagree, but I think that the CNN was biased towards Al Gore. There are many reasons why I have come to this assumption. I feel that the layout the articles are presented are in a biased manner, words and phrases used to describe Al Gore are negative in tone while a positive tone is used to describe George W. Bush. Also, the discussion of the policy seems to be in a negative tone for Al Gore.
First, I would like to point out that the articles always start on good grounds by stating the general activities of the day. The brief summary that introduces the articles gives an outline of the activities of the day and highlight key appearances of the day. Generally, the articles discuss what was stated in the speeches and comments made by each candidate. However, very quickly, the articles comes to "candidate bashing" by each candidate rather then discussing the issues the articles focuses on what each other says about the other.
One thing that really stood out, in five of the seven articles, are discussions of George Bush's activities were discussed prior to discussion of Al Gore. At first, I thought that maybe it was a fluke and writer was following an alphabetical order procedure to present the article. But, when I read the two articles that discussed Al Gore's activities first it struck me that this is a very important aspect of any writing. This struck me as important because I believe that the position that the writer usually supports is the one that is discussed first and the contrast it with another view. By discussing George Bush first the ideas of Bush are imbedded in the mind and then when discussion of Al Gore is presented it is in the mind to compare it with the previous discussion. This might not necessarily be true but I do feel strongly about this claim. The reason why is, when...