Many experts see the media as biased and more like infotainment. In fact, many people have turned to social networks as an outlet for news instead of CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and other news stations. Do you see this as an issue? Do you see the news as biased or unbiased? Should there be more restrictions on the news stations?
Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.
Use this source as well: Greenberg, E. S & Page, B. I. (2018). The Struggle for Democracy, 2018 Elections and Updates Edition. (12th ed.). Pearson. Chapter 5,6.
Connection between Our Culture and the News Media
News media play a crucial role in informing society. In America, various news outlets such as CBS, NBC, FOX, and CNN have existed, disseminating daily local and international occurrences and often targeting specific audience demographics. Such market specialization has recently resulted in bias, especially on political grounds, pushing people to turn to social media outlets, for instance, Facebook and Twitter, for credible news (Pradhan & Kumari, 2018). I perceive this development in media biasness as a problem because people who overlook it may adopt misinformed perceptions of society. In the case of media freedom, Greenberg and Page (2018) posit that one may argue that reporters may release information to the public as they may wish. However, they ought to ensure credibility and authenticity. On the other hand, pushing people to social media puts them at risk as they do not necessarily offer any credibility.
Moving on, culture contributes significantly to the way people report the news. The cultural identity of reporters in stations such as CBS, NBC, FOX, and CNN influences their handling of information, which may intensify reporting bias in a particular institution. For instance, on issues on Black Lives Matter, a reporter’s racial background is likely to influence their bias as some may see the social movement as essential while others may argue that all lives, and not necessarily of only African Americans. Others may perceive a news outlet organization as unnecessary altogether. Thus, more restrictions on the news stations to prevent bias and misguiding of an audience are needed. However, the limitations should avoid violating the freedom of the press as specified in the First Amendment in the United States’ Constitution (Greenberg & Page, 2018). As a result, Americans will receive credible, reliable, and authoritative information while upholding professionalism in the media.
Greenberg, E. S & Page, B. I. (2018). The Struggle for Democracy, 2018 Elections and Updates Edition. (12th ed.). Pearson.
Pradhan, P., & Kumari, N. (2018). A study on Journalistic use of Social Media. Amity Journal of Media & Communications Studies (AJMCS), 8(1), 49-59.