Research
 

Crystal Sharper

CIS1020

December 3, 2014

 

Media Reporting Biased

 

As of today, many people criticize television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the internet for unfairly using their power as a major link between citizens and their government says ushistory.org. They also say that the media is abusing their powers. That they are driven by profit motive to give people the information that they want to hear and not necessarily the information they need to. Is it that the major news networks show bias and instigate undue influence when reporting high-profile news events? Recent researches show that media is biased and provides bias in their reporting of events.

 

Zimmerman Case

 

In the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case there was a racially charged publicized trial on, live TV that turned into a three-ring media circus. There were so many reporting’s saying so many different things people didn’t know what to believe. It was said that news networks like CNN soaked up racially motivated opinions like an old dry sponge. It was also reported that one news agency even had to apologize and admit to bias editing of a recording 911 call in the Trayvon Martin murder case. It was originally reported that Zimmerman had said Trayvon looked as if he was up to no good, on drugs or something, looking about. Then is where the dispatcher asked if he was black, white, or Hispanic and Zimmerman answered saying “he looks black”. NBC edited it saying Zimmerman straight said “this guy looks like he’s up to no good, he looks black”. This is just to show that the media was bias and changed what was really said to make it appealing to some.

 

Public Trust

 

The public has little trust in the media’s news reporting’s. CBS news says U.S distrust of the mass media is at an all-time high. It is said that six in ten Americans have little or no trust in mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. 78% of Americans said there is a news bias in the media and the crazy thing is that many of reporters are actually admitting to it these days. (Gallup, 2012) Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior 2004—as high as 72%.

 

This research is really opinion based if you asked me but it’s something to very much look into. It sad that people can’t trust the information they’re given by the media. Like I stated earlier, media is always criticized nowadays for how they’re reporting things. Even though many think they’re bias, there are a lot of things that effect false media. “Nowadays everyone is enabled to achieve the information he or she needs and they ways to do it is almost boundless”, says premieressay.com Just as I quoted earlier as well, they report what you want not necessarily what you need to hear. With this research being done I think the media is bias is reporting.