One of the biggest influences that shapes human thinking is the news. According to Dr. Gerald Nosich, an academic in critical thinking and author of the book, Learning to Think Things Through: a guide to critical thinking across the curriculum, news directly and indirectly acts as an impediment to our critical thinking. Nosich proclaims that while the news can directly influence thinking if it is perceived firsthand, news indirectly influences everyone because news is embedded in everyday conversation. If news can be an impediment to our critical thinking it should be examined beyond its face value. To inspect information, Nosich establishes the seven standards of critical thinking that can be used to filter out reasoning that does not exemplify …show more content…
Accuracy is a significant standard as inaccuracies can completely discredit a source. The O’Reilly Factor proudly states that the show is the number one cable news show. As stated in The Huffington Post article, “CNN Sees Big Jump in Q1 Ratings, But Fox News Still Tops All”, The O’Reilly Factor has been the number one cable news show at eight p.m. weekdays for sixty consecutive quarters. For fifteen years, The O’Reilly Factor has been number one. This is significant because by being the number one news show, O’Reilly has more influence than any other broadcaster. O’Reilly must be heavily scrutinized because of his control over the market. In regard to accuracy in O’Reilly’s reporting, during O’Reilly’s segment on Syria, he comments on the collapse of U.S. foreign policy and the disregard to American interests by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. As evident in the title of the article by British news company, The Daily Telegraph, “Russia kills US-backed Syrian rebels in second day of air strikes as Iran prepares for ground offensive.” O’Reilly’s criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy is based from accurate reports that Russia is in fact killing the American funded rebels who are rebelling against the denounced Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. The Dailey Telegraph article includes quotes from Senator John McCain, who also confirmed that Russian air strikes have killed CIA trained Syrian rebels. …show more content…
Nosich states: “Your thinking about a question or an issue is sufficient when you’ve reasoned it out thoroughly enough for the purpose at hand, when it is adequate for what is needed, when you’ve taken account of all necessary factors” (Nosich 144). During the discussion of gun control, O’Reilly brings on security expert and former U.S. Navy Seal, Jonathon Gilliam. O’Reilly states he will play devil’s advocate as Gilliam argues against gun control policy. Gilliam states that America has extremist and a mental health issues. To decrease these mass shooting, Gilliam asserts that we must have a more intensive screening process. O’Reilly points out that more screening processes would not work when, like the case in Oregon and others, mothers and families do not turn their children over to either mental health services or authorities. The discussion then shifts to gun free zones, Gilliam states gun free zones are ineffective. In the case of Oregon, the school was a gun free zone and the school did not have armed guards. Through O’Reilly and Gilliam’s discussion they arrive at the points that law enforcement should have easier channels to go through to investigate suspicious people and that if gun free zones are established armed guards should be provided to prevent negligence. These points were derived by Gilliam and O’Reilly’s adequate reasoning and exploring all the
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There have been 141 people killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since the Columbine Shootings. (Pearle) Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and University of Texas at Austin are just a few examples of the tragic events that we are reminded of during debates on gun control. It is foolish to believe that having stricter laws on guns will control the school shooting epidemic. With this argumentative essay, I hope to provide multiple sustainable reasons why harsher laws on guns will not stop mass school shootings. To begin, after the shock of the tragic events, the world begins to analyze the shooter’s mental capacity.
The news should keep the government true and honest. The actions of President Trump’s press staff so far have been questionable. Spicer’s ‘alternative facts’ were questioned by Todd, making Conway have to come to his defensive. Todd has made an effort to make President Trump’s administration to stop using lies to get people onto his side. Though, Conway’s methods of trying to get Todd off of what Spicer said only brought light into the problems with lying within the administration.
Fox News is one of the most famous channels in America with millions of viewers. Since 1996 when you and Roger Ailes started the news channel, it has been growing fast and furiously over two decades. It has served as a great media for American audience with its quality news report and extensive coverage of information during the time of controversies. However, Fox New Channel has been accused for biased reporting and delivering one-sided political opinion over the years, too. For a news channel, having a bad reputation for biased content is critical to its credibility.
With the rise of school shootings, one would be quick to assume that restricting ownership of firearms would solve the problem. However, the issue stems further than just guns. The tragedy at Virginia Tech may reveal to us something about how a young man could be compelled to commit shocking actions, but it does not advise us very much about gun control. Recently, not many distinguished Americans have tried to use the college massacres as an argument for gun control. A logic for this is that we are in a middle of a presidential race in which popular Republican candidates are mindful that advocating gun control can earn them votes.
For this project I will be analyzing how terrorism is framed differently and how the agendas are set differently depending on the political affiliation of a given news network. I will compare how different politically based media outlets differ in framing and agenda setting of terrorism. The two outlets I will be looking at are MSNBC and Fox News. I am eager to see how vastly different terrorism is represented by varying news outlets based on political affiliation. MSNBC is an American news cable and satellite television network that provides news coverage and political commentary from NBC News.
Roadmap The issue of gun control has been controversial for years and it is far from being resolved. This paper’s intent is not to pick and choose a side but to explore the different opinions and to look at past court cases and current legislation on gun control to gain a wider perspective on the issue. Some believe that firearm regulation is a safety net and thereby prevents crime from occurring. Others argue that those who are planning to commit a crime are not opposed to finding illegal methods of obtaining firearms while the ordinary citizen will not go to those drastic lengths and therefore are more vulnerable due to the ‘roadblocks’ those regulations can become.
Passing gun control legislation that creates a universal background check and gun database system as well as passing mental health legislation that improves the health care system’s protocols and policies for assisting people with mental health disorders and that enacts counseling programs in communities and schools will decrease the likelihood of mass shootings in schools. The United States is bitterly divided. Issues of great concern, such as the rise of mass shootings, are partisanized. Both sides of the debate will not comprise or listen to what their opponents have to say. Groups from both sides can only agree that one innocent life taken from gun violence is one too many.
Many schools in today’s society suffer from shootings at some point while children are attending school. Shootings in schools are not a new occurrence, and America has dealt with multiple shootings in public schools in which the lives of many children and teachers have been undeservingly taken (Elliott 528). Because of school shootings, this leaves our children in danger with no way to protect themselves. Gun violence in schools is an evident problem, and there are several ways to reduce the number of incidents, such as mental health screening for owners of guns, interconnectedness of communities, and more school funding.
In today’s society, one of the most alienating issues in American politics is gun control. More specifically, the issue is whether or not guns should be banned in the United States. Some people would say that guns should be banned because it would reduce crime as a whole and keep citizens safer. These people, enthusiasts of stricter gun laws, fear being safe in their country where there are so many people who have access to guns. Opponents of this argument, however, also fear losing safety.
Then I thought to myself the argument to increase gun control has been a rising problem for years now. A gun can be transported illegally from all over the world unfortunately ending up in the wrong hands. As Molly Ivan says in her narrative “Fourteen year old boys are not part of a well regulated militia”, she implies that even children of such young ages have access to guns causing an endangerment to society. The issues on gun control are ongoing and controversial especially through presidency's, congress, and the
Beside The New York times being a reliable source, I also found that the author of this particular article has used many quotations stating comments and facts that other people have given him. This shows that the author did some research on the matter and was engaged in not only reciting general information by the government but also getting a true perspective of the
Reporters, writers, and hosts will exaggerate things to make them more interesting, so everything they say should be questioned. Their job is to get as many viewers as possible. They often don’t even say where they got their information, which as we know from being students means that they are not a reliable source. Due to the election segments there was less time for the what I like to call the “filler stories”. I toured a tv station and in part of the interview we got with one of the producers she spoke about how difficult it can be to fill the whole time slot with information.
If the media would report information as it happens with factual information, American would be left to interpret the data how they see fit. The Americans ' background and socialization will allow the information to be digested and interpreted in specific way. The media needs to be a platform to share information on a specific topic accurately, not a place to advance one 's
I believe the majority of media outlets are liberal companies rather than conservative. Democrats are often known as liberals while republicans are known as conservatives. Media critics say that liberal bias exists in a wide variety of media networks,