Our group decided to cover the very controversial topic of bias in journalism. In today’s age we are constantly surrounded by the media. Everyone has their own opinion and people hear what they like to hear. Which is becoming an increasing issue in today’s media and news outlets. Many news outlets today tend to cater to what their viewers want to see. For example CNN tends to be very left leaning, and FOX News tends to be very right leaning. News outlets like this keep biases strong. People will never hear the other side if the only thing they are listening to is their own opinion. Which leads to a strong sense of stubborness in our country.
Journalism and news outlets are supposed to be unbiased and report only on the truth and facts of the story. However it seems as if the standards towards truth have continuously dropped over time. A strong example of biases and opinions being shown in the media would be the 2020 election. To give a background on 2020, it was an extremely turbulent year. Many highly debated political issues were discussed. Including the killing of George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter protests going on all over the country. Arguably the event that affected us all the most COVID-19. All news outlets had were reporting on these issues. Opinions overpowered facts during these times. Leading to a more divided nation than we ever had before. These constant attacks from both sides was fueling anger into people instead of providing information.
The first amendment is something that all Americans take pride in. In the first amendment freedom of press is granted. The question we must ask however is how far can the press go without their reporting causing harm. The Harm Principle is something that was discussed in the book. It states that people should be free to voice their opinion unless its actions cause harm to someone, or a group. During the 2020 election many voices were heard and many people were harmed.
Bias in journalism will always exist. It is ultimately up to the people to decide if what they are hearing is true or false, or unbiased or biased.