For Further Discussion
1. Tyler Cohen argues that the media are trying to give customers what they want, nothing more. After reading the viewpoints of Cohen and Sheila Gribben Liaugminas, do you believe that the media have responsibilities beyond attracting and pleasing their paying customers? What might such responsibilities be? Do consumers of media have responsibilities as well? Explain.
2. E.J. Dionne makes a distinction between social and cultural issues, in which he contends the media may be liberal, and economic issues, in which the media favor conservative views. What examples of bias in each area does he provide? Do you believe such a distinction helps in analyzing media bias? Why or why not? Is a similar distinction made in the viewpoints by Pat Buchanan, William McGowan, and others in the chapter, or are cultural and economic issues lumped together? Explain.
3. Pamela Newkirk uses stories from her own experience as a journalist in her argument that racial prejudice exists in the media. William McGowan cites stories from other journalists. Which stories do you find more convincing? Why?
4. After reading the viewpoints of Edward Monks, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Joseph Farah, do you believe that the media should be required by the government to provide opposing views, or should the government stay out of telling the media what to say? Defend your answer.
5. After reading the viewpoints in this chapter, do you...
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