Not every person in the world is going to tell the truth, which is very sad and concerning, although it is extremely common in the world today. Lies coming from an average human being is common, but lies coming from the leader of our country is frightening. When I turn on the news or go on social media and see all of the disturbing information that is presented about president Trump, I simply think to myself “Is this actually true?” I believe that many persons get their accusations from their family, friends, and the media and use that to portray an opinion that is based solemnly upon lies. I understand that everyone has their own opinions, but I feel as if everyone had those certain opinions about the president before he even won the
They say that crime news has already become a staple news item, and because of that it is imperative that the media exercises caution when presenting information to its publics (Gruenewald et al., 2009). It should be noted that while their research revolves around homicide, the aspect of how it comes to be newsworthy depending on the offender and victim is an important factor in how it will be presented to the audience. They worked under the assumption that the gender and race of either an offender or a victim are characteristics that raise or lower a news report’s newsworthiness. A study from Geer also shows that aside from criminals, the victims concerned in crimes play a large part in the visual element of crime news. Geer says that these visual elements of the news product depict immediately, dramatically, and often in full colour what it may take several paragraphs to say in words.
We have the social media to blame for many stories that aren’t told truthfully. The sad part is that some people believe if you read it on Facebook or twitter it must be true. Every day the media is tweaking stories to make their ratings go up so more people will watch them and bring in more money. There are many stories written in print that are true from someone’s point of view but more than likely another person who witnessed or lived through the same event would tell the story with a whole different twist. A major story that was reported with misleading information was a news story over "Fukusima 50".
However, with the ease of access to the internet and the rise of citizen journalists and fake news sites, the public is finding more and more stories they most see shared are false. In fact, according to an analysis done by Buzzfeed News, found that false news stories were actually getting more Facebook engagement by about 100 000 engagements than the real news stories (Silverman). While one may not see this is as an immediate problem, it can have far reaching consequences when considering the function of the media. One of the media’s roles is to inform citizens of items that concern them (McNair 19). However, once the public’s trust in the fourth estate falters, this function of the media is severely impeded.
Media bias is a real problem. When people are not aware of the facts alone, rather interpretation of facts, they are being manipulated. Media should report facts concisely and promptly with as much accurate information as possible. When networks allow to dictate how they report news, there is a much greater chance to be biased. When networks accept monetary incentives to report in a specific manner, there is a much greater chance to be biased.
Large proportions of news coverage are on crime (Bissler & Conners, 2012). Most news television and newspaper coverage tend to be on crime or deviant behaviour. However, the accuracy of these crime reported by the media are often over-represented. Ditton & duffy, (1983) conducted a research study and found that 46% of media reports covered mostly sexual and violent crime, but in actuality, only 3% of these recorded crimes were legitimate so big disparity between what is real and what is over exaggerated. Bissler & Conners, (2012) stated that personal crimes such as sexual and violent crimes were 36 times more likely to be reported by the media than property, inchoate and statuary crimes.
American politics have been quite a spectacle because of the amount of influence the mass media has on it paired with the way in which American politics are run. Ideally, mass media is supposed to make it easier for people to participate in political decisions, understand how the government works, and hold government officials accountable. But in this day and age, the media is often used to manipulate and obscure the true form of political issues. Nowadays, the media is a giant in the world of politics, often being the one and only source for information for most Americans. Albeit the information being just that, information, most of the time, these stories are often too skewed and too far fetched to be believable but since it came from such
(Kutner) From reading the above statements, this leads me and other American to believe that media plays a larger role is mass shootings than once believed. Of course, we need coverage, but reporters should use caution when reporting because releasing unconfirmed reports can re-traumatize survivors and make innocent people become
In an article written by Katie Langin, it stated that, ¨False news propagated faster and wider for all forms of news—but the problem was particularly evident for political news, the team reports today in Science, (Science).¨ The media is the outlet for false news being shared very often but with that comes the truth because in most cases the truth becomes viral and finds its ways to become exposed in the media whether it be on TV, or social media. Those in politics always have
It’s hard to decipher between the two, and people do not regularly check the facts they are contributing to daily conversations. False information creates a false reality for a majority of people. Nowadays, social media helps spread fraudulent news tremendously just by a single click. The most dangerous form of unreliable news is news that is just outright invented, especially when it is shared via social media platforms. This news is harmful because it camouflages by professional news sites, it often does not allow people to observe