Bias in News

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Bias in the News. Mass media today forces such a phenomenon as bias in the news. Before speaking of this topic, I`d like to explain difference between such notions as “fact” and “bias”. Fact is a piece of information that is known to be true, something definitely happened. Bias is an opinion about whether a person, group, etc, it`s always subjective. The situation we have today with mass media is that all the news are biased instead of being objective. Media bias is the bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media in the selection of events and stories that are reported and how they are covered. The oldest bias in news is political bias. Political bias has been a feature of the mass media since its birth following the invention of the printing press. Historians have found that publishers often served the interests of powerful social groups. Like newspapers, the broadcast media—radio and television—have been used as a mechanism for propaganda from their earliest days. Media bias is studied at schools of journalism, university departments (including Media studies, Cultural studies and Peace studies) and by independent watchdog groups from various parts of the political spectrum. The most commonly discussed forms of bias occur when the media support or attack a particular political party, candidate, or ideology; however, other common forms of bias exist, including advertising bias, corporate bias, sensationalism. Advertising bias refers to when stories are selected to please advertisers; corporate bias refers to when stories are selected to please corporate owners of media; Sensationalism is a type of editorial bias in mass media in which events and topics in news stories and pieces are over-hyped to increase viewership or readership numbers. Sensationalism may include reporting about generally insignificant matters and events that don't
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