Why is Media Bias an Issue?

Written by Bernie Day

Most of us have grown up in a society where we felt fortunate to live in a democracy where free speech was one of our basic rights. We also believed that "news" was delivered to us in a factual manner - with both sides of any story equally represented. In theory, it is supposed to work this way. But, when news articles are measured for bias utilizing an objective process, one discovers that there is an agenda underlying much ofrepparttar news Americans are subjected to and programmed by, each day. In defense ofrepparttar 109464 news media there is a rational behindrepparttar 109465 changing face of news content. Given thatrepparttar 109466 average American wants to be entertained andrepparttar 109467 time and attention available to commit to news stories,repparttar 109468 press has shaped its focus to deliver content in an entertaining and "byte-driven" format. As a result, news stories are designed to ignite an emotive response to GRAB attention. Often, this attempt is misleading. The use of words to imply suspicion, controversy and/or fear, elevate public interest. This is seen as good media presentation because it gets viewers to pay attention. The benefit of increasing mass media distribution is, of course, an increase in advertising revenue. Therefore,repparttar 109469 rational behind a changed format of news content has been shaped byrepparttar 109470 public-at-large, through a demonstrated increase in its interest to consume sensational news. It is probably understood by most thatrepparttar 109471 news media is doing just this and may dismiss media bias claims as a result. But with a closer look, one can see that media bias reaches far deeper, effectingrepparttar 109472 psyche ofrepparttar 109473 reading/viewing public - because it's so subtle. The sensational depiction of events is overt and thereby acceptable by most of society. Butrepparttar 109474 covert misrepresentation of facts, either by omission or slanted, are not perceived. It is as ifrepparttar 109475 facts are cloaked. Thereforerepparttar 109476 Media Research Center of Alaska has committed itself to uncovering these subtle, covert, misrepresentations so that a reader is well-informed aboutrepparttar 109477 REAL story. To beginrepparttar 109478 discussion then, of less obvious media bias, we need to understand that there are always two sides to every story. As a result, both sides need to be given equal representation and equal weight so thatrepparttar 109479 reader can decide for himself/herself whatrepparttar 109480 meaning ofrepparttar 109481 news is. Even thoughrepparttar 109482 Media Code of Ethics clearly outlines this as a core value, it is not always adhered to. Additionally, reporters have a difficult time NOT selecting their stories, words and sources independent of their personal views and/orrepparttar 109483 views of their newsroom where their paycheck is earned. Some examples of covert media bias thatrepparttar 109484 average news consumer would digest without a thought are: ** Words -repparttar 109485 selection of words to describe one side, compared torepparttar 109486 other can slant a reader’s/viewer’s perception. (An example would be, describing one side ofrepparttar 109487 abortion issue as Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion. To give both wordsrepparttar 109488 same weight, and not imply some "ethical assessment" byrepparttar 109489 journalist, one would need to describe each as Pro-Abortion and Anti-Abortion, or Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. As you can evaluate for yourself, if a reporter usesrepparttar 109490 "Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion terms, he/she has automatically assigned a positive label to those who favorrepparttar 109491 right to choose abortion, while he/she has assigned a negative label to those who want to preserverepparttar 109492 right to life). Therefore, words to describe any person, event, or entity can quickly shaperepparttar 109493 mind ofrepparttar 109494 reader/viewer in a very subtle way.

Free Tips For Your Child's Success

Written by Frank W. Thatcher Jr.

Getting free tips for a child's success is something most parents/guardians are interested in. Most want their child's academic growth to improve every school year. Most sincerely care. Unfortunately some don't, but that's a completely different article. For now, I want to focus on improvingrepparttar reading abilities of our children immediately.

This summer is flying by and soon our children will be back inrepparttar 109463 classroom withrepparttar 109464 eager teachers and their fellow classmates. My concern as an educator, with over twenty years of invaluable experience, isrepparttar 109465 loss of reading and comprehension skills overrepparttar 109466 summer months simply due to lack of reading. Children need to read in order to keep up their skills. They must read on a consistent basis to not only maintain but to also improve their skills. Just as any skill or talent, if it isn't used, it will slowly diminish. Do we really need our children's reading abilities to begin to waste away as they enjoyrepparttar 109467 summer months? I don't think so. Our society can't afford this to happen either.

I frequently compare reading skills to that of a runner's skills. A person that wishes to maintain or improve his or her running ability must run almost on a daily basis. What takes much time and effort to achieve however, can be very quickly lost if that runner takes some time off. Basically, to maintainrepparttar 109468 skills,repparttar 109469 runner needs to run on a consistent basis. This is exactly what we are looking to achieve with our children and their reading skills. We want them to maintain and even improve their skills. This can be accomplished by reading consistently. Perhaps not every day, but consistently.

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