Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Objective? Even sided? You must be joking!

What have been bothering me and many other on the blogosphere, is that the media in general is politically biased, including the titles that claim to be, or considered objective.
The bias is often so obvious, that I wonder how the hell those titles manage to keep their reputation as objective.

I have noticed some of the most common "techniques" that the media uses in creating a biased article report etc.
  • Putting on the same moral ground two sides that no descent, self-respecting man with common sense would. Therefore misleading the non competent target audience that constitute most of the public.
  • Telling half truths or putting the emphasis on only one side of the issue. The most common use of this technique is to make a big headline like "X sues Y for z" while only at the end of the report/article the audience/reader would find the crucial circumstances that would put the issue into the right perspective.
  • Deliberate use of words discriminating one side over another.
  • To air/print unconfirmed damaging information, and when it turns out to be incorrect to publicize a hardly noticeable confirmation of the opposite. Just if you would print a big headline on the front page saying "X accused in doing Y" while the notice that the person X was completely exonerated would be printed somewhere in tiny add in the middle end of the paper, somewhere nobody would notice.
Most of the techniques are legally proof and nevertheless they don't smell right.

4 comments:

Irina Tsukerman said...

The explanation for that is very simple. MSM (mainstream media) is a business and operates for profit rather than objectivity. It pursues the agenda of its owner. And the owner sets the agenda based on who pays for it. Who do you think pays someone like Ted Turner? That is why corporate networks are extremely unreliable. They are interested in money-making, not truth.

Gothamimage said...

Irina with her socialist theories. J/K . Hey, there's always bias, everyhwere and at all times with everything. Is that good or bad, or is that like the weather, something that one prefers to be a certain way, but must deal with regardless.

Woland said...

What I don't find appealing, is that everybody says "It sucks, but there is nothing you can do".

Irina Tsukerman said...

Sure you can. In fact, that's what you're doing already. Providing alternative viewpoints. Now, I understand that many people might be reluctant to trust bloggers exclusively for their information. However, there's still no reason some dedicated people can't start their own publications providing well-researched, interesting viewpoints and analyses, kind of like "Commentary" here, in the United States. Although I can argue that MSM here is liberally biased, there are plenty of other magazines and papers to turned to, even if they are partisan or "niche".