Why is Media Bias an Issue?

Written by Bernie Day

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** Sources -repparttar selection of "sources," for stories by reporters, should be representative of both sides. However, even if this is accomplished,repparttar 109464 "quality" ofrepparttar 109465 source may be higher on one side thanrepparttar 109466 other, or only one source is quoted on one side and several onrepparttar 109467 other. This can lead to a slanted story that can imply meaning that is unbalanced. ** What is newsworthy - is often controlled byrepparttar 109468 newsroom. Topics are accepted and others overlooked givenrepparttar 109469 agenda ofrepparttar 109470 powers that be and based upon what topics fit intorepparttar 109471 "news ofrepparttar 109472 day." This is important to realize becauserepparttar 109473 big picture is being missed byrepparttar 109474 public at large by not seeing all angles within their communities, political campaigns, business realms, and/or just about every aspect of people’s lives. Beyond ignoring news,repparttar 109475 media may even go so far as to ridicule some ideas while promoting others. ** Political agendas - it would be naive of us to believe that an endorsement of a political candidate by any news media wouldn't affect its news coverage. The same can be said when consideringrepparttar 109476 individual views of reporters. Therefore, it is prudent for each reader to examinerepparttar 109477 political views ofrepparttar 109478 media andrepparttar 109479 reporters he/she is reading/viewing. It is very easy forrepparttar 109480 media and its reporters to fall intorepparttar 109481 trap of becoming an advocate for a political figure or any subject of self-interest, rather than remaining an impartial observer reporting facts. Ifrepparttar 109482 reader/viewer does not know this, he/she can be swayed into believing thatrepparttar 109483 best candidate orrepparttar 109484 self-interests ofrepparttar 109485 media arerepparttar 109486 whole truth. ** Power and privilege - often those in power or in positions of privilege are cast in a more positive light thanrepparttar 109487 average person. This can misleadrepparttar 109488 reader/viewer. An example of painting someone one way or another would be citing behaviors of one that are positive, like a candidate kissing babies, while inrepparttar 109489 same article, an opposing candidate is shown or described as being exhausted by his/her campaign schedule. This type of coverage is a subtle way to improverepparttar 109490 standings of one candidate over another in a “seemingly innocent way.” Media bias is pervasive as suggested inrepparttar 109491 points above. When one addsrepparttar 109492 overt practice of sensationalizing news,repparttar 109493 reader/viewer has a huge task set before him/her, whether or not he/she knows it. This is of great concern because if mostrepparttar 109494 people mostrepparttar 109495 time, believe everything they read or view, they will ultimately becomerepparttar 109496 servants of those who write/publish, by voting (or not voting) for candidates or issues fromrepparttar 109497 same biased perspective. Thus an inquiry by all is required if we are to make independent decisions that effect people’s lives.

The Media Research Center of Alaska is led by Bernie Day, Executive Director and Ombudsman, under the direction of the Board of Trustees. Visit the website: http://mediaresearchak.org

Free Tips For Your Child's Success

Written by Frank W. Thatcher Jr.

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OK, now I have opened up a very large can of worms, haven't I? Don't get discouraged. Many questions do arise, all of which can be answered. Questions such as: How much time should my child spend reading? How many days a week? What should my child read? The most frequent question: What can I do to get my child to sit and read when he or she can be rather resistant torepparttar idea? Contact me at mailto:frankw@eticomm.net and I will respond.

There are no quick easy answers. Below I have suggested materials and forrepparttar 109463 purpose of this article I will tell you this much, all strategies depend on many different factors specific to your child's needs. I can and will give you needed suggestions and FREE advice on these matters by email. Contact me at mailto:frankw@eticomm.net and I will make every effort to help you out. Some suggested materials: Hooked on Phonics at http://paperl.com/clk/raussungendendschertz and/or Homebound downloadable coloring and story books for kindergarten and primary (4-8 years) at http://hop.clickbank.net/?frankw/homebound Both are excellent resources. As I said, so much depends on your individual child and his or her personal characteristics, levels, abilities, and needs. Contact me for support!

Frank Thatcher is an experienced educator specializing in many areas such as behavior modifications, emotional challenges, and parenting skills. He has assisted many in setting goals and experiencing success. For FREE advice relating to Your needs, contact Mr. Thatcher at mailto:frankw@eticomm.net Visit http://www.onlineshoppersmarket.com for great resources!

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