Essay about Same Sex Marriage And The Media

1160 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Same-Sex Marriage Bias in Media In June 2015, the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges declared that same-sex marriage would become legal in every state and that each and every state must cooperate with the new law. Of course this was broadcasted nationwide and every news station, newspapers, news radio, blogs, etc. were discussing this new “law of the land”. In certain situations, the news media can portray a story to be more liberal or more conservative; this manipulates a person into thinking what that exact news source wants. CNN and The Washington Times both covered the legalization of same-sex marriage but in distinctively different ways. News media like CNN and The Washington Times can be crafty on using particular words and sources in order for the reader to view one way over the other, therefore making them biased. In both articles regarding the ruling of same-sex marriage, bias by selection of sources is very much relevant. This means that the author purposely used sources to quote from to benefit his/her view on the story. The Washington Post focused on the people who wanted to rebel against the ruling, frequently quoting conservative members in politics on their objection of the new law and how they would do what they could do to stop it. The article states, The Supreme Court has historically made a number of bad rulings that time and justice have been able to realize and overcome,’ said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty…

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