Vivian says, “In politics, Gans said, both ideologues and politicians who lack ideology are treated with suspicion: “Political candidates who talk openly about issues may be described as dull; those who avoid issues entirely evoke doubts about their fitness for office.”
Apparently, even to those who report their stances.
The above response to the presidential candidate is a good introduction into the values held by journalists, because everything about the media reports concerning government concerns to me have been played down. In past times, presidents have vied to cut areas of budget in government which would slight the poor out of much needed social services. However, the news broadcasts and coverage of these particular issues have been brief. Vivian says of “Ethnocentrism, seeing things on the basis of personal experience, values.”
It might be easier for some people to separate their lives from those who ask for help; or, who are receiving help seeing them as different. When I say different I say this because of quotes using terms like: paupers, beggars, or leeches, and with so many opinions going forth I would think that some of these might come across as biased on behalf of the reporter. My thoughts are that this too is reflected in the media’s coverage of those who get that help, because we always get one side of the story. Where is the word of those who receive the help? It seems to me that these people have been bashed with no chance of defense.
A Pew ResearchStudy conveys public opinion of the media; findings in the study “Pew: Public Perception of Media Bias Hits Historic High” suggests, “Said Pew, “The overall ratings for the performance of the news media are quite negative:
- Fully 66% say news stories often are inaccurate,
- 77 % think that news organizations tend to favor one side, and
- 80% say news organizations are often influenced by powerful people and organizations.
The percentage saying that news stories are often inaccurate has risen 13 points since 2007, with much of the increase coming among Democrats and independents, ” the study said.
In my personal opinion, I believe that media bias is evident in many occasions, and this sheds light on why nobody likes to be in the eye of the camera. Notably, people are afraid they will be cast in a bad light or their story not told correctly. I would rather be seen in a bad light for reporting factual information from both sides; rather than, one-sided untruths. I am a truth-seeker and I plan on keeping it that way.
- Chris Christie: ‘Losing’ Candidates Blame Media…Meanwhile Paul Ryan Calls Out ‘Inherent Media Bias’ On Fox (mediaite.com)
- Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney (conservativeread.com)
- Does the “skewed polls” crowd have a point? Not really. (washingtonpost.com)
- Media Bias Backlash (theamericanteaman.com)