Charles Anderson Dana, an American journalist between the periods 1819 to 1897 once said that when a dog bites a man it is not news, but when a man bites a dog it becomes news. News can also be described as anything that is interesting and relates to the current issues and happenings in the world. Anything that is of human interest is news. The medium way by which a news story reaches the audience and the rest of human is known as the channel. In United States the News and World Report is a platform and a number one priority that the media houses take into consideration. A liberal channel is that which always tries the best to be non partisan, conservative, and conform to respecting the constitution. Media bias in United States on the other hand occurs when a particular point of view is presented by the news channels in a systematic manner. Some of the claims that have been made against the media include liberal bias, conservative bias, corporate bias and also mainstream bias. A group of media watchdogs have been put in place to investigate and research on the claims.
In the United States, many citizens and influential politic figures look at mass media as their source of information, education and even entertainment. It is difficult to assess the huge influence US media has on the public and on political people. In the arena of policy-making, the influence of mass media has shaped the development of the government and has led to issuing various laws. Media has had a strong voice in politics for a long time. For example, in 2007, Washington Post published an exposé featuring the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In response to this, the U.S. army started a thorough investigation which meant the improvement of the facility. The conclusion – media coverage can directly influence politics and furthermore can change or even improve people’s lives.
Do you still remember Glenn Beck or has he completely gone out of your memory? For a while, Glenn was the most talked-about personality on National Television. His success as a media figure was phenomenal. Glenn’s mugshots were shouting from almost every magazine in the country, while he kept representing a particular brand of funny and crazy. He had completely seized the Republican Party. Glenn’s unhinged and exciting conspiracy theories and immense hatred for the Obama administration were perfectly synchronized with what a major population of the United States was feeling. Even his books shot up sales, and the best seller list. Glenn’s show on Fox News received exceptional ratings, and almost every person in the country was talking about him.
The US news media has changed dramatically over the last few decades, perhaps most dramatically so with TV news. In just five to six decades, the way Americans receive their information has changed so rapidly, historians who write books on the subject, may have to devote a chapter for each year.
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were no 24/7 news channels like CNN and Fox News. In fact, most families did not have any type of cable television until the 1980s. For news, people largely depended on the three major TV networks, with CBS leading the pack. For about two decades, many families had a tradition of gathering around the television for thirty minutes each night to watch the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite. For many Americans, Walter Cronkite’s face because as familiar as a trusted old friend.
The United States is fortunate to have so many reliable news outlets available. Constantly streaming news networks such as CNN keep people abreast on a number of domestic and international issues. However, many people from the right think every news outlet is a corrupt tool of the Democratic Party, but a closer examination reveals the conservatives have a host of media outlets to broadcast their message. If you say the term conservative news, people will automatically think of FOX News. This is because the people at this network convince their constituents that they’re the only non-liberal media source. However, local news stations across the country have to attract the viewers who live within their broadcast range. Therefore, a very conservative town will have very conservative news coverage, with anchors who tend to side with the right. Editors at these stations will give stories concerning a conservative base preference over stories that don’t. This practice isn’t politically motivated; it’s simply a viable business strategy to attract more viewers for higher ratings. This ploy has led some of the local stations across America to become propaganda machines for the right wing and three of the most conservative are listed below.
Ok, here is what happened: On March 31, 2005, Pat Buchanan, conservative commentator and former presidential candidate, was giving a speech at Western Michigan University when some 24-year-old ding-dong, who apparently did not like what he was hearing, decided the appropriately mature and tolerant behavior would be to attack Mr. Buchanan with a bottle of salad dressing. I do not know the motives of this nut, whether he was going crown Mr. Buchanan across the noggin, but he ended up “dousing” him with salad dressing instead while screaming, “Stop the bigotry.”