In recent years, partisan media bias has become a major force in pushing the left and right further away from each other. People tend to watch political news with reporting that agrees with their viewpoint, makes complete sense. Who would want their beliefs challenged on TV when it's so easy to change the channel? However, when the political beliefs of the news organization trickle into other aspects of their reporting there can be dangerous consequences. For example, Fox News may run a story about communities crippled by high taxes, while MSNBC may report on stories about families in desperate need of better health care. These stories portray an incomplete picture and can drastically impact the worldview of the viewer, increasing the divide between the left and the right from a strictly political one to a divide that encompasses nearly all aspects of life.
Nov 11, 2019
I came across this chart while searching up media neutrality: It got me thinking--is there even such a thing as unbiased media? To that, I say no. Every human being grows up in a different set of circumstances and is exposed to unique stimuli that contribute to the development of a person's personality and beliefs. Over time, those solidify as one constantly uses them as a framework through which one interprets the environment around them. Thus, no matter how hard people try to be neutral when disseminating information, there will always be a slight bias towards one region of the political plane (I prefer not to use the spectrum notion since it generalizes too many political traits) because of the built-up habit of using one's belief system and personality to analyze the world. Is this bad? Absolutely not. In fact, I think that this is great for democracy! With the notion of media neutrality gone, news agencies are free to express their own opinions about the world around them. Furthermore, the power of interpreting the media no longer is in the hands of the media themselves; rather, the democratization of media will allow the people the chance to interpret both sides of the news, for once, and will grow the public's ability to think for themselves. Thus the common people will be liberated from the vices of a monotonous press.