Media Bias

It has long been argued, particularly by conservatives, that there is a liberal bias in the mass media. On the other hand, progressives and liberals counter that conservative media has its own bias and that conservative media spends most of its time trying to invoke fear and division in the general public. With these two points of view in mind, please respond to the following question. Assignment: (1) How is the media, biased, more towards progressive-liberal values, conservative values or in both directions depending on the specific media outlets you may access? Explain your response. (2) Find two or more examples of media bias (video clip, article, images). Explain in detail how these example/s represent media bias and the impact that it has on public opinion. As part of your research and examination of media bias include recent polling data results showing the public’s confidence in the objectivity or fairness of the media. Provide an Internet citation for each polling source discussed. Writing Guidelines: • 4-5 double-spaced pages of text • Write in complete sentences and paragraphs. Bullet points or lists will not be accepted. • Essays should be submitted in a word processed document. • Margins should be set to at least 1″. Use one of the following typefaces: Arial, Helvetica, Times or Palatino. Set the body of your essay in 12 point type, doubled spaced. Longer quotations can be set at 10 point type, single spaced, if indented. • Include page numbers using the header/footer feature of your word processor. • Feel free to use images and graphs but word counts must be adhered to at least 4 pages of words. • Use the MLA style for citing resources.

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