Essay about Media Bias and Its Public Influence

1803 Words Apr 1st, 2008 8 Pages
Do today’s media hold a biased opinion? Political figure heads of modern day America have argued the subject of a biased liberal media for decades. The notion of the media being predominantly liberal is not unheard of because since publicly broadcasted news media first became common, the Republican Party was not yet one to rival the Democrats. The core argument presented is the possibility of a liberal media manipulating the American public and thus influencing them to vote in congruence with the ways of the Democratic political party. Thus far it is simple to see the media clearly holds a bias that is in favor of the liberal viewpoint. I believe the media should not hold an opinion because, it comes through in their coverage and thus …show more content…
So, in attempt to further influence and manipulate the American public in the way which they desire, it is clear that the liberal news broadcasts and newspapers alike will stop at nothing to shape this perfect image of the political candidate of the Democratic Party by managing the information available through the media.
When discussing political news casters of major political networks, Donald L. Jordan came to the conclusion that “actors or news sources do indeed have differential impacts on public opinion and that in both newspaper items and television broadcasts experts and commentators wield heavy influence” (Jordan 191). Accordingly, these news sources use this icon status they have developed to influence the American public. This can be seen everywhere today. Every famous face from the actor to the politician and even the musicians are using their popularity with the public to pressure their fan base into agreeing with their political standpoints. Furthermore, the political networks are projecting their political analysts as being all knowing expert of public affairs. Even more, Jordan found, “commentators and experts had potent, statistically significant impacts on public opinion” (194). As this can prove, the American public turns on their television to see these all knowing speakers and immediately jump on the band wagon. As seen in

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