News corporations attract viewers’ attention in order to make money, basically benefiting themselves. Networks attract viewers to increase ratings, so that when they would get more advertisers, meaning more profit that they will obtain. News bias make audiences reflect upon the truth of the stories that are being portrayed. There are several deception stories in which the News denied on releasing these types of stories, but in truth, they really are exaggerated perspectives of their own. TV news simply reflects only on one side of the story, and leaves the viewer the other side of the story untold; this is the reason why TV news is biased.
I would definitely say that Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report are part of the "media" that affects people’s opinion. These television shows are a way to provide comedic relief to the issues our economy faces; however, these shows still have an impact of how the viewer will understand an issue at hand. It is very difficult for anyone to be completely unbiased and with constantly hearing other people’s opinion through the media. We cannot make a decision of how “we” feel about the topic. Thus, democracy and a fair voting group become tainted.
The editorial “Hollow Claims about Fantasy Violence”, written by Richard Rhodes and published in the New York Times the 17th of September in the year 2000, argues that there is not link between exposure to media violence and the development of violent behavior. Rhodes discusses that many Organizations and Politicians blame media for aggressive behavior. Rhodes claims that violence is learned in personal violent environment. Rhodes’ intended audience is New York Times’ readers, and more specifically people who tend to read editorial. This audience is normally people between 30-60 years old, parents, and educated people who can afford the payment of this newspaper.
The Secret Message of a Super PAC While watching the tremendous amounts of political advertisements flow out of a family’s television every day, it is quite amazing to see how many accusations and career ending facts that many of our leading politicians are faced with. Advertisements like those from the super Political Action Committees (PAC) known as Restore Our Future. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are two of the politicians that are being scrutinized by the super PAC’s advertisement titled, Too Much, December 21 2011. The main argument that the ad makes is that Gingrich and Perry both are too liberal on immigration and have too much baggage on ethics, and the intended conservative audience would agree that the politicians are not fit for
To prove this point we will examine The O'Reilly Factor, The Colbert Report, and Nightly News. First off, what is fair and balanced? Is it reporting the news with "no spin (zone)" or perhaps it is being truthful,honest, and reporting the facts without exaggerating the details. Well Bill O' Reilly does not do any of that for he is opinionated and loud willing do anything to get his point across to the world. Maybe that why his show is the highest rated show of the three major US 24-hour cable news channels and also that he began the trend of opinion-oriented prime-time television.
When significant things happen or the nation is on alert, we as Americans rely and trust what news reporters, radio stations, and newspaper journalists have to say. However, current media nowadays tend to report with more biased opinions and less fact. Often times, we would hear about celebrities such as their engagements, scandals, DUI cases in which all are sold to catch the media’s attention. As a society, we seem to always focus our attention to things that are less important to our lives, instead of being more cautious and aware of news that can affect our daily lives. The televised newscast selected to compare is CNN.
Every episode reminds us that we live in such an amazing country that allows us to exercise our right of freedom of speech in any way possible.The show also targets celebrities and politicians to shows that they are just like everyone else. South Park has the unique ability to update its audience with current events going on in our country or worldwide that most would overlook. South Park takes hard news, adds satire with raunchy humor; which then creates interest from the public. It also helps that South Park has a bigger audience base than CNN as well. South Park provides us with in your face politics with no apologies.
Nick Bonfiglio Honors Composition II February 9, 2010 Brooke Hessler Stephen Colbert The “Truthiness” of Comic Ingenuity Acclaimed satirist Stephen Colbert has become renowned for his revolutionary comedic style, as well as his amazing marketing techniques that have shot him to the top of the cable ratings within the few years his television show, The Colbert Report, has been in existence. Since 2005, The Colbert Report, a Daily Show spin-off, parodies the conventions of television news broadcasting, particularly cable-personality political talk shows like The O'Reilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Program and Scarborough Country. Colbert hosts the show in-character as a pompous right wing pundit, who in Colbert’s own words is described as a “well intentioned, poorly informed, high status idiot.” (Rabin) Unlike its parent program, the series focuses less on the day-to-day events, more so concentrating on the foibles of the host-character himself. The Report has been nominated for four Emmy Awards for three consecutive years, and has had made a significant cultural impact in the five years it has been on the air. (Lauria) In formulating his radical satirical presence, Colbert developed a unique set of mental processes worth studying for any individual seeking to self actualize themselves in their specialty.
As the technology era advances, people are gravitating closer to a television where as reading a newspaper is considered an interest from the past. The television audience is failing to realize the main point of T.V., including news programs, is to keep people watching so that sponsors and others can make more money through ratings and increased interest in products. In “How to Watch T.V. News”, Neil Postman and Steve Powers state “Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake” (x), This statement is true, for television news is not solely reporting what actually occurs. Rather it is reporting what T.V.
Nicholas Carr and Clay Sharkey debate whether or not the internet is actually making us smarter or dumber. “Never has a communications system played so many roles in our lives- or exerted such broad influences over our thoughts, as the internet does today. “that is one of Carr’s viewpoints. Shirkey believes that “every increase in paperback book to you tube, alarms people accustomed to the restrictions of the old system, convincing them that the new media will make young people stupid. This fear dates back to at least the invention of movable type.” I tend to agree more with Sharkey because there are a lot of learning toold we can gain from the web.