Can the Media be Trusted?
The media has a daily impact on how we receive our news. Most everyone has come to rely on a few popular sources for reading about world events, domestic issues, and the global market. Sources such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal have established a credibility for delivering news based on their decades of experience and accuracy. However, while the goal of delivering news was to do so in an unbiased and balanced approach, there has been an increasing trend towards liberalism in the mainstream media. In fact, it is not just a trend, but is having a noticeable impact on politics and the opinions of people.
The facts are simple. The amount of liberal opinions in the mainstream media significantly outnumbers the amount of conservative opinions. This is only a problem because it equips the political organizations that support liberal policy positions to have a powerful tool in the mainstream media. It would be the same case if conservative opinions significantly outnumbered liberal opinions. There has to be a balanced approach to delivering news to the American public. By displaying just the main article titles from The Washington Post, it is easy to understand how people are being indoctrinated with one view at an alarming rate.
All of the headlines presented here are either anti-Trump or obviously glorifying the achievements of Hillary Clinton. Even the opinion pages are are all simply liberal by either attacking Trump’s behavior, suggesting he is ignorant, and that the Democratic leaders have done an excellent job in refuting his arguments.
The Other Side
Now, this is how The Washington Post has been covering the Democratic National Convention. Let’s look at what articles were present during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
There is definitely a lack of praise or glorification in Trump’s performance and the whole convention. The Washington Post wants to portray the GOP as a dark, unorganized, gloomy party, while the Democratic Party are optimistic, organized, and ready to deliver common sense policy changes.
What Does This Mean?
Why does it matter? Well, the mainstream media has come to have such an impact that it can change the opinions of voters. That seems to have gone too far because the media is supposed to act as a balanced source for news. It should not be that easy for politicians on one side to find a excellent campaign tool in the mainstream media. This is a question of the identity of America and how to give the citizens a fair and balanced way to make decisions about candidates.
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So true! The media definitely has bias, and only focuses on what “they” want to focus on! I actually get more unbiased news and information about politics in the USA looking at international news sources!
Have you looked into Agenda Setting Theory? That is an even crazier effect of bias. It relates that media’s strongest influence is not telling us what to think, but what to think about.
This is profoundly disturbing. Whoever controls the media controls public opinion and thus controls the country. If the Left is this entrenched in the media, then we have a serious problem. There are so many people out there who will believe whatever they hear, and these people have as big a voice in the government as the educated and inquisitive voters. With a media this biased, the Democrats are capturing the incurious voting population with ease.