Media bias is no joke

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After endless months of covering campaigns and invading personal and public lives alike, cameras and recorders have captured every detail of the presidential election on an unprecedented level. This year’s intense reporting has become a landmark in the news industry and has caused readers and viewers to question media ethics and proper reporting. Conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity stated himself in a program interview during the Values Voter Summit that the media is one sided.

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He said, “We are going to look back at 2008 as the year journalism died.”

As an extreme conservative, it is no surprise Hannity is annoyed by the left-wing bias that has consumed the mainstream media. Never before have consumers needed to protect their minds to this level when absorbing any news related material.

McCain is not America’s next top model, but Obama isn’t Miss Illinois either. Yet, popular magazines and newspapers such as People, US Weekly, The New York Times, and USA Today are proving through a series of unfortunate photo shoots and tendentious headlines that Obama has a more glamorous face and therefore is running on a prettier platform.

Liberally slanted journalists have conveniently forgotten Obama’s relationship with America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright and have failed to properly investigate the senator’s close ties with former terrorist William Ayers. Instead, the nation’s voter energy been redirected toward Palin’s Down syndrome baby and young, pregnant daughter. Obama’s headline reads “Family man” while Palin’s reads “Family drama.”

The media have purposely crept into consumers’ minds, causing them to become brainwashed by partisan coverage. Americans, if they can untangle themselves from overused objectives, have every right to distrust the mass media. The art of journalism has been put to shame by various publications and corporations. But not all reporters and journalists are doing the field an injustice.

“There is a misconception in broadcasting that you have to be rude and deceiving to be successful,” Rudy Kalis said. Kalis is the WSMV-TV sports director out of Nashville and has won the AP award for outstanding sportscaster in Tennessee 12 times. “Trust is better than a good story.”

The truth should be what every journalist seeks to embrace. Unfortunately, it is unlikely media will reach that point any time soon.

In response, consumers need to guard themselves when reading and viewing, but by no means should they ignore the existence of the one thing that keeps this nation in check.

Countless athletes have abused steroids, but fans haven’t stopped watching the game. There are still good players on the field.

FOX News Radio’s Todd Starnes is aware of the media bias. He said it is important for people to be aware of establishments that have a limited worldview.

“We have our news and our opinions, and we make important distinctions between them,” Starnes said. “It is important to be fair and balanced in reporting.”

Whether conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, being naïve to the publicity bias and its exploitations is harmful. During these final days of the political race, voters must carefully absorb facts and information but beware of opinionated injections where hard news is concerned. And in the case of confusion whether this very article is double standard itself, remember it’s on the editorial page.

Author: Crystal Donahue

A senior from Lago Vista, Texas, Crystal enjoys hanging out at the lake with friends, eating ice-pops, having conversations over hot chocolate with marshmallows, going on random road-trips and watching Gilmore Girls with her mom. She is double majoring in mass communication/journalism and Spanish. Post graduation, Crystal plans on getting her master's and working abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Having served in various positions on The Bells, Crystal is now the editor-in-chief. She enjoys feature and sports writing.

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