In today’s world, the news is constantly at our fingertips. We practically know everything seconds after it happens. Imagine the times when people didn’t have T.V.s or computers or — heaven forbid — cell phones, and people were forced to wait for a newspaper to arrive. Now, all it takes is a buzz from your CNN app or a “breaking news” to flash across your TV, and the latest news is right in front of you.
In days not so long ago, most media was impartial. News outlets reported because they felt they had a moral obligation to the people to inform. The same can’t be said for today’s media. Most major TV channels would like you to believe you belong to one side or another; that way you are more easily manipulated.
Politics is where this media bias often comes in to play. Republicans and Democrats are clearly exemplified in news channels such as FOX and MSNBC, both of which provide more commentary and opinion over factual reporting per day.
Both channels align with social and political issues of their respective parties. This ensures that generally Republicans watch FOX, and Democrats watch MSNBC, and each side annoys the other.
Ludicrous reports and comments on these channels abound, exemplified by FOX dedicating an entire segment to answer the question, “Why are feminists still pushing the need for gender equality?” or MSNBC Commentator Karen Finney to talk about the “hateful language” of the “crazy crackers on the right.”
Watching these channels becomes painful, especially because some people truly believe the crazy and misinformed things they say.
FOX and MSNBC are not the only players in this game. The “big three” of American news would not be complete without CNN.
Out of Americas top news channels, CNN is the least biased, though it is often accused of catering to a liberal audience. Across the water, England’s BBC is often accused of the same thing.
The fact is, there is no escaping it. With such clearly drawn battle lines between Republicans and Democrats, most media find it easier to simple cater to the viewers and choose a side.
The problem is that not only are people accused of being biased; the ones who actually are biased have the nerve to call themselves “news.”
It is one thing to tell people your opinion, but another to tell people your opinion and call it news.
Teenagers often base their opinions off of their parents’ opinions. If teenagers have parents who watch FOX or MSNBC, they will likely be influenced by these channels as well.
It is important to realize that lots of these channels are not always morally correct, and to be very skeptical of them, or research on our own.
The less-than-truthfulness of today’s popular news channels sets a bad example for voters and future voters and furthers the divide between Democrats and Republicans.