Explain, using three examples, the ways in which the media demonstrates a bias?Use three examples from recent media that demonstrate bias from different perspectives. Possible topics could be -...

Explain, using three examples, the ways in which the media demonstrates a bias?

Use three examples from recent media that demonstrate bias from different perspectives.

Possible topics could be -

·         De-classification of drugs

·         De-criminalisation of prostitution

·         War crimes commission –was the war illegal

·         Gary McKinnon hacking and mitigating circumstances

·         Meredith Kercher – US vs UK media reports

·         Binge drinking


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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Like all people will say, all media has a bias. Here is an example from the various news agencies. If you look at Fox news channel, their bias is towards conservatives. They invite conservatives and cast them in a positive light and they try to spin liberal agendas in a negative way. A lot of radio news programs do the same thing, such as Sean Hannity. They lean towards the right; that is their bias. There are other news channels that are more geared towards the left and they they employ the same techniques to skew the loyalty of their readers or viewers towards the left. All media is biased. So, it will do you well to ask from where these people are coming and begin to peel back the layers until you expose their bias. As you do this, be aware that you have your bias as well.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post was fairly accurate.  I would suggest that you examine some of the previous responses on this particular question and examine where you might need to engage in this process.  Perhaps, another question that could be posed would be to present some of your findings and talk about where you might see bias and where other editors might see bias.  (For example, when I answered this question yesterday in regards to the Kercher coverage, I submitted three different news mediums that should be covered.  Bring back evidence from each and offer up where you see examples of bias in each.)  This would be an appropriate and useful discussion for you because the more people can comment and note examples of bias, the greater the chance you can start to develop the sensitivity that can catch it yourself.  In the final analysis, no one will be able to substitute the work that you will have to do.  However, you might be able to get much out of it if you bring back what you have and ask others to offer comments and suggestions on what you have discovered for yourself.  At this point, you will be able to generate better and more worthwhile questions that will enable your product to be stronger.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You have asked this question a bunch of times and you never get an answer that you like.  I want to tell you why so as to help you understand what the problem is.

In this question, you are asking people to go out and find sources on their own and then you want them to analyze those sources for you.  This goes well beyond what we editors are likely to do.

In general, we are able to answer questions where we already know the answer or where we can confirm the answer quickly.  We are not likely to go out looking for articles for you.

The questions that get answered well are ones that ask for general knowledge, not ones that ask editors to go do a bunch of research for you.

I hope that helps you understand why you keep not getting answers to this question.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Pohnpei397 is spot on in answering your question. Too many students want enotes editors to do their homework for them. Unfortunately, too many enotes editors do exactly that. The service exists to provide help with difficult questions or advice on writing essays and other writing assignments. Too often, students post questions that begin with "What did you think...?" or "What is your opinion...?" Only the student can answer that question because only the student knows what he or she thinks or his or her opinion is. If you need help looking for the right media outlets or in how to search for the right information, that's one thing. But please don't ask us to do your work for you.

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