Comments on: Media bias? Give me more, please! http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: xb2415tt http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-1022 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:57:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-1022 You just fail to get the point. The problem is not “bias” in itself, it is the biased selection and hiding of FACTS. Any media organization has the strict right to have its own opinions and to stick to them. For this they have their opinion sections. But the news pages should reflect the objective importance of facts, not the subjective preferences of a politically committed group. If you understand these simple criteria, you cannot deny that leftist bias, not objectivity, mold the selection of news in most of American big media, so that if a citizen does not listen to conservative radio shows he will be deprived not of conservative opinions, but of very important facts.

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By: jeffman http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-76 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:59:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-76 I just love reading these comments. It’s like no one here read the column, they just cut and pasted their typical diatribe against the liberal or conservative [your choice] evil scum who are going to destroy America.
I find “yellow journalism” very entertaining and enjoy the foaming and drooling of Ann Coulter and Michael Moore equally for the comedic value and the warm reassurance that I’m really not the dumbest guy in America. Whoever he is, he probably lives in DC and is a distinguished pundit with a book contract and a cable show. And I bet he’s a “Real American”, to boot.

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By: johnintj http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-75 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:10:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-75 There is a name for biased news: propoganda. The reason that news organizations historically tried to appear to be unbiased is that they would lose any credibility they possessed and simply be viewed as the propaganda arm of a political organization.

I don’t watch Fox News or read the New York Times anymore because they have both sacrificed their credibility to their egos out of their belief that passing on their opinions is more valuable then reporting on the facts.

Hot Tip for Journalists: The public is as smart or smarter than you, and is fully capable of forming their own opinions. They don’t need to be told what to think. Just let them know what is going on and let them form their own opinions. This is not a totaliterian state. Thank You.

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By: thinkbeforetalk http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-73 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:16:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-73 Manhattan-state-of-mind is much more than normal, it is the only SANE one. Fox categorized as INSANE. No need for reports.

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By: EUInvestor http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-71 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:25:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-71 I did not read the whole article (sorry) but I am shocked by its premise.

Sane people (I know there is less and less in the world) watch news to GET INFORMED, not ENTERTAINED.

As such, this should be the objective of any good news channel. Not bias.

News should present reality. And if it is boring, so be it.

The way mass media has shaped public opinion on important subjects has gone completely out of control since the invention of TV and radio not to mention the internet.

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By: GCN http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-67 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:45:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-67 “If not for media bias, I’m certain that my news diet would taste so strongly of sawdust and talc that I would abandon news consumption completely.”

So what’s so wrong with that. News is boring. Commentary is entertainment. Maybe if news were a bit more boring, fewer persons would mistake sensational entertainment as news and we’d all be better off.

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By: DarkerThanAmber http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-66 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:31:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-66 Most of the consumption of so called news should be abandoned anyway, as it is usually biased.

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By: Plamya http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-65 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:03:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-65 I may live in Ohio, but I cherish my “Manhattan state of mind”!

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By: ahms http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-64 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:00:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-64 A world with no news bias…

I’m thinking about that Simpson’s episode, where the lawyer imagines a world without lawyers, and the world is in peace holding hands together. That’s what this article reminds me of.

The bias of news is just children fighting against children.

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By: Bruce100 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/09/20/media-bias-give-me-more-please/#comment-63 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 01:24:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=21#comment-63 In a democracy it would seem that not only elected officials should uphold their responsibility. Perhaps less discussed but maybe more important, each and every person who votes should take up their responsibility to be informed. Only with a knowledgeable electorate can democracy succeed. Unfortunately, all too often the results of elections reflect the lack of effort expended by those voting. Truly, there is no free lunch.
We should do all in our power to help educate the electorate. At a time when all you need to do to vote is display a driver’s license, obfuscating the truth with slanted news is a disservice to our town, our state and our country.
If you want entertainment, great! Simply label it as such. But if you want news please do not package opinion to look like news. An informed electorate is too important to confuse the two.
Oh, and by the way, who here believes that either the New York Times or Fox Broadcasting does not intend to sway their audience and with it, as much of the electorate as they are able.

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