Bias in the media and the future of the news

In a world where media rules our access to information, it is an undeniable fact that there is a major bias when it comes to political biases within major news outlets. While extreme bias of facts is generally looked down on by our society, our media has, oddly enough, become immune to this standard. Most individuals – whether they are liberal or conservatively leaning – acknowledge this fact, especially when attacking the other side. Liberals love to complain about the FOXNews bias and conservatives love to complain about CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the “evil of all evils” MSNBC’s bias. (If you will notice the amount liberal network to conservative network ratio but, I digress.)

Considering the majority population is aware of, and acknowledges this fact, you may ask “How can we fix this?” or “When will this change?” Unfortunately, I cannot offer one true or realistic answer to this. Because the media feeds on the support we show them through views per page or broadcast, major news outlets such as CNN, ABC, FOX and MSNBC, along with countless internet news sites, will exist until the vast majority decides that they have had enough of the bias and demand a change.

While I, too, receive some of my news from these large outlets (Fox, CNN and even MSNBC, believe it or not!), I sincerely believe that the future of the media lies in internet blogs and news sites. As the internet takes over as the top news sources, we see sites such as Huffington Post, Townhall, Gawker, the Blaze, Drudge Report, InfoWars, Breitbart, ThinkProgress, as well as the sites of all of the major news outlets, we see an advancement in the speed in which our news is brought to us, but yet we fail to see advancement in other areas. Where back in the 1980’s if you wanted the news you had the option to watch one of a few TV news station, such as CBS or NBC, we were mainly still limited to buying a physical newspaper, usually in the form of one of the major newsprints such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, or a local paper.

As we advance to having the internet hold the majority of our news, we see that while these news sites remain just as biased as our current news TV programs, we do have the option of a very large range of diversity within a simple click of a button. We now have the option of finding countless news outlets on the internet ranging from 110,000,000 monthly views in the case of the Huffington Post, or a simple operation run by a 16 year old with a single laptop that is averaging 100 monthly views. You have the ability watch a Glenn Beck podcast with 25,000,000 views or you can watch a podcast by some kid wearing a Guy Fawkes mask in his mom’s basement. Is the news still biased? Of course! The Blaze is a hardcore conservative channel while the Huffington Post tends to be a very liberal news outlet, Townhall.com features conservative columnists (and some great cartoons), while ThinkProgress leans very liberal (if you didn’t catch that from the name). The media has not gotten any less bias, but then again neither have we. The major difference is that you now have the ability to get several different sides of any given story, not just one as you used to before internet media sprang up. The issue with this comes with having to rely on several different outlets to make up your mind on a given current event.

In the event of something happening, you can receive a broader sense of the story by going to ThinkProgress for the liberal spin, followed by heading over to Townhall to hear the conservative side. While this is not a perfect system, it is infinitely better than the TV news norm. In popular TV news the norm is something more along the lines of listening to a liberal lecture you for an hour on TV, followed by the host have a conservative guest on who is allowed to speak for thirty seconds before being cut off again by the news anchor, and vice versa depending on the outlet’s political stance.

I have read and listened to scores of different non-TV media outlets ranging from Tea Party News Network to ThinkProgress; from the Blaze to the Huffington Post. In comparison, we have one option for conservative TV (FOXNews), and a multitude of liberal options. When scouring the internet for news outlets to glean from, the options are plentiful, regardless of your political preference or bias. On TV, we see Democrats versus Republicans. On the internet, we see Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Fascism, Communism, Libertarianism, and many more. This wide range isn’t only limited to politics! You also read from the perspective of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Mormons, Catholics, Buddhists, and countless other religious faiths or beliefs. In the sports section you can read the sides of the story from a pro-Peyton Manning viewpoint or a pro-Tom Brady viewpoint. Depending on how much of an argumentative nature you have, you can go on to read pro-pie versus pro-cake, or pro-blue versus pro-red… The options are endless! The internet is nothing if not supportive of debates and clashing biases coming together in one area.

I believe that the future of the media lies in the next generation; the ones who are sitting in their bedrooms with a laptop and webcam, posting less-than-professional videos, arguing their point on the CNN news page, and gathering as much information as possible. The kids who are taking advantage of their access to information, diversity in opinions, and ability to make their voice heard. The teens who debate on Tumblr and 9gag, and those who set out to change the media as we see it through the start of a simple WordPress. While we can debate for ages whether or not the content they post is “worth it”, the reality is that these individuals are the next Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and somewhere in there, are many future Presidents of the United States.

These kids provide variety through their unique commentary on the issue. While they may not be the most eloquent (yet), they share their opinion with the world. While a start-up blog run by sixteen year old with a single laptop may not give you pause quite yet, but there is always the possibility that you can get some ideas that would have never been open to in, say, 1980 when only career columnists or TV pundits could offer their opinions and analysis. Is their commentary the most precise and articulate? Not quite! Do they need improvement? Absolutely. Admittedly, a lot of these blogs are regurgitated information from Alex Jones or Bernie Sanders, but every so often, you get someone worth listening to that has something worth saying. Everyone starts somewhere. Everyone has someone else’s views before they have their own. However, through the internet as a media outlet, we are no longer relying solely on a career columnist or TV personality to offer an analysis a current event. You now have the option to make your voice heard on any given issue through value tools such as blogs, Youtube channels, or perhaps, submitting an article to be published by E-Editorials.

Through the sheer diversity of our society’s biases, opinions, and unique analysis’, I strongly advocate for websites such as WordPress, other blog platforms, Youtube, and, of course, my own site E-Editorials. As Bill Nye said, “Everyone you ever meet knows something that you don’t.” Through the amazing resource of the internet, we now have the option to freely share our knowledge and opinions. Everyone has something to contribute!


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2 comments

  1. Great article, though I would question whether or not Fox would be considered conservative in some sense, or merely a platform for Catholic/Republican views.
    One must keep in mind what is meant by the terms, “conservative” and “liberal” in both popular and historical views. I would question whether or not there are any true conservatives left, since what passes for conservatism today is yesterdays liberals, both morally and to a greater degree economically speaking.

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