How Does The Media Affect The Truth

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Do you really trust your news provider when it comes to displaying the most truthful and up to date facts and details during unfolding situations? News providers and the media, in general, can be very deceitful. With slanted and biased opinions, the mass media can affect how the public views important stories. These lies can help these media outlets make money and put the public view in their favor. The mainstream media lies to the public and slants truth to make money, by twisting the facts and creating outrageous stories, which results in the public changing their opinion on important daily issues.
When it comes down to it, there is one main reason why the media lies and twists the news to the public: money. One way the media makes money
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When it comes down to it, the media likes to publicize the most interesting and outlandish stories that they know will get the traffic they want. When the stories are not good enough and not getting the attention they need to make money, these news and blogging companies blow them up and make a huge issue out a small one. (62) Another example is how the media can mislead its readers and viewers. One way bloggers and new providers increase traffic is by creating enticing headlines that draw the public in. The key is to get a clear idea of the story in the headlines, but leave out just enough to get the people to view it. (70) Making stuff up is way easier than actually writing true stories. It 's all about the views and always has …show more content…
The first is the setting the news agenda. The news agenda molds what the common people view as important and worthy of being on the news. A second example is the framing of a story and how a story is viewed by the public. The definition of framing is when a story is shown in a certain way and sways the viewers’ feelings one way or another. Political issues are especially framed in today’s society. For example: If a media source is paid by and more or less owned by the republican party, that specific media source will frame any important and critical stories involving Republicans in a way to make republicans look better than democrats and other political parties. This example can have a huge impact on how a person views an important topic. The last effect is social desirability. Social desirability is when the public forms their opinions based off of what is most popular. According to Boundless.com on the topic of the mass media and the effects it has on the public, “Based on media agenda setting and media framing, most often a particular opinion gets repeated throughout various news mediums and social networking sites, until it creates a false vision where the perceived truth is actually very far away from the actual truth.”

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