The Manipulation of Mass Media Essay

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Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries one of the main motivations of the media in almost every country was to influence politics (“Mass Media”). Journalism is the profession of writing or reporting the facts and information of a certain event. Journalists are trained to be as objective as possible when reporting issues and events. The profession is constantly critiqued by both journalists themselves and others, because many articles have been found to have been tainted with bias (“Journalism”). Journalists may argue that participating in bias is an inevitable occurrence because one cannot be expected to completely suppress their beliefs, and that some bias may be unintentional. Critics argue that it is a …show more content…
They were necessary to obtain weekly news, and politicians relied on them because they weren’t allowed to campaign for themselves. This meant no lengthy campaign tours throughout the country and few public events (Pasley Pg. 4). Later in the nineteenth century, when live events and campaigns were more common, newspapers were still heavily relied on. Newspapers were utilized in order to notify audiences of the whereabouts of candidate speeches, in hopes that it would generate a larger crowd, and also to report on the event afterwards (Pasley Pg. 5). Partisan newspapers hyperbolized and enhanced the candidate’s speeches and their overall worthiness. Newspapers were the only medium through which the general public could attain such information, because only a minority of the population could attain the actual debates. Events such as banquets were also heavily publicized in newspapers because the toasts which candidates and people of interest gave were written beforehand to express their views on certain issues (Pasley Pg. 7). Pasley notes a particular event in which the Trenton True American newspaper blasted state legislators for forgetting to toast to their governor, in order to create sentiment for a candidate (Pasley Pg. 7). Until the 1980s, when privatization and deregulation of the mass media encouraged the growth of multinational firms, most newspaper and broadcasting systems were

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