Essay On Minorities In The Media

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There is no greater manipulator in the United States than the media. Ranging from radio, television, newspapers, and the internet, they reach out to the vast majority of the United States population. As a result, they shape the thoughts and opinions of many Americans. The media is a broad field that employs millions. Given the tremendous influence they have over American citizens, it only makes sense that the media should be a fair representation of the American people. However, like many other job fields, minorities are not well represented. The United States media has been largely controlled by white males since the beginning. Because of this, there was nothing to stop the prejudices and stereotypes that often occurred against minorities. …show more content…
For example, minorities only make up 13% of newsroom employees. In addition, that percentage has not changed much at all over the past two decades. While the representation of minorities in the mainstream media may not be growing, the amount of minority-oriented news outlets continue to expand. Major media corporations such as NBC and ABC have helped to create news sources for different ethnic groups. For instance, ABC helped launch the TV channel Fusion, which provides news and entertainment aimed at the Latino audience. Today, with the power of the internet, people have access to more media than ever before in human history. While minorities may not be represented well enough in the mainstream media, there are plenty of other sources for people to get their news from. As a result, citizens are subject to less bias. In fact, nowadays people can get their news from other countries media with …show more content…
For instance, most Americans are aware of the recent terrorist attack in Belgium. It was heavily shown on news channels and made front page headlines for many major news outlets. However, most Americans may not be aware, or even care as much, about a similar terrorist attack that occurred around the same time in Turkey. Both were devastating, yet the majority of the American public showed their support and love for the people of Belgium, while completely oblivious to Turkey. Why did people care more about Belgium than the people of Turkey? Because the media wanted them to. This type of bias can be insulting to many different minority

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