Media Bias Essay

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Media bias is one of the most prevalent issues in America today; especially to those trying to stay well informed on the events shaping our nation. Media bias is defined by as “when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner” (Dugger, "Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples"). The three forms of bias I believe are used most prevalently are bias by placement, bias by omission, and bias by labeling. All three are not only commonly used in the media but also function as sources of hinderance for the American public when it comes to making at least semi-objective choices. It 's important to be able to recognize media bias, because when you can recognize media bias you can adjust to it and keep it from affecting your perception of the issue. The first major form of bias is bias by placement, an exceptionally common but increasingly ineffective means of influencing or misinforming readers. Essentially it is the act of placing a story or parts of a story strategically so that they are either not viewed, or not focused upon as they should be to create a focus of shown opinion. Its ineffectiveness is spreading as a result of the way information spreads in modern media. In a world where information travels fast and the space for headlines is infinitely multiplied it is…show more content…
You have to be able to not only recognize the forms of media bias but also to know what makes them up and the kind of sources you need to counteract them. Only by doing that can you properly make as close to an objective opinion about the situation as possible without having to much of an outside influence. However media bias is unavoidable as simply having an opinion makes you on some level biased in the way you present your facts and so without knowledge of bias you can 't avoid
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