Describe one specific example of 'Sexual orientation bias' in the media?Describe one specific example of 'Sexual orientation bias' in the media?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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It might seem strange to think about, but on every major network and news program, how often do you see male and female co-anchors who are either obviously heterosexual, or is implied, as network execs market what is visually acceptable and appealing to the mass market. So what we don't see is two obviously (or implied) homosexuals in a professional broadcast pairing, and generally don't see or acknowledge gays much at all outside of sitcoms and the movies.
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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For the longest time, TV pretended that homosexuals did not exist. In the mid 90s we had the first lesbian kiss on a prime tine show- and it was a comedy! That did not exactly open the floodgates, but it caused a sensation. The 90s sitcoms alsocontinued to explore homosexualty in a humorous but accepting way.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This will be best done if you are able to examine a series of articles on one particular topic.  In this process, you will be able to identify specific examples of bias on a topic, citing evidence from the articles.  One topic that might prove interesting to research would be different media outlets' reporting on the issue of gay marriage.  Examining how the different reports analyze, report on, and assess the issue of gay marriage could reflect much in the way of bias on the issue of sexual orientation.  This can be seen in specific individuals that are interviewed, if the reporting on the issue is slanted towards one particular side or the other, or if the reporting is motivated by other controlling forces that have a vested interest on the issue of gay marriage.

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