Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Opinion in the Media

We all know that the media are the watchdogs and gatekeepers of our society. We know that what they think is news, is what we know is the news. But what Americans don’t think about as often is how the media spins the news they choose to cover.

The media cannot claim to represent American values, and then fail to pass judgment on the criminals they report. 

On the other hand, certain issues require the media to be, to quote Fox News, “Fair and Balanced.” In presidential elections, the media should not let their individual politics get in the way. However, we are used to following the media’s lead, so if not the media, who else will help us decide which candidate is more qualified?

In the 2008 presidential election, many people noticed that the media seemed to support Senator Barack Obama over Senator John McCain. Barack Obama is now the President of the United States.

So, how much did the media really influence voters?

The blog, Accuracy in Media discusses the 2008 campaign at the following link: http://www.aim.org/media-monitor/the-medias-obama-love-affair/.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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