Essay about The Bias Of Media Bias

956 Words Oct 25th, 2016 4 Pages
According to dictionary.com bias is “a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned.” In other words, bias is only looking at a topic or situation from one side and not having a neutral point of view. Media bias is when bias is shown in how events and stories reported by the media is conveyed to their audience.
Media bias can date back to the Progressive Era, where the term muckrakers and yellow journalism was introduced. Muckraker was a term used to describe reform-activist journalist who attacked established institutions and leaders, majority of their audience were popular magazines. Yellow-journalism originated in the mid 1890s when Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst used yellow ink during a circulation war between their papers. Yellow journalism uses littles research, but instead uses spin, exaggerations, and/or sensationalism in order to sell more newspapers. Muckraking and yellow journalism can be identified as the country’s first signs of media bias. There are different ways media outlets can display bias. Types of media bias consist of: omission, story selection, selection of sources, placement, labeling, and spin.
On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, the New York Times daily paper consisted of a whole page of articles that included Hillary Clinton’s name in the headline. All of the articles also displayed Clinton in a positive light. One can argue that the New York Times showed bias through placement…

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