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Bias In The Media And How It Affects Society

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Bias In The Media And How It Affects Society

By Kevin Breyne-Grace

In society, views are formed by the content that is seen from news sources that are trusted to give truthful reports of current events. But what many Americans don’t realize is that these news sources we trust often have strong political biases, which take advantage of trust and form groups of uninformed or misinformed people. To combat this, society needs to be able to recognize bias in the media, and accept that it can sculpt the views of the people who see it. By being able to recognize bias in the media, you will be able to take everything we see with a grain of salt. Persons impacted by this can then go to multiple news sources that have different biases to be able to create more informed and well rounded opinions. 

The first step in being able to combat biased news sources is being able to recognize bias when we see it. One way to recognize media bias is to notice patterns in a media source. Especially patterns of political opinions and consistently putting out news supporting a certain political party. There are many ways in which news sources present current events in biased ways. One example is bias by omission, which is leaving out information that supports a different side of an argument. Other ways the media is biased include only selecting liberal or conservative stories and sources, labeling liberal groups with labels such as “expert” while labeling conservatives more negatively, and vice versa. These tactics can be a subtle underlying influence on the story, or can be more obvious and aggressive bias in t. There are many reasons that news sources will create biased news, and steps we should take after recognizing bias in the news we view.

There are many reasons why media sources are biased, and One way biased media sources manipulate society is by making the public uninformed or misinformed on important topics. This enables news sources to be able make people vote for whoever they want. News sources often do this to elect the candidate that will cause them to have the most profit, or whoever’s views align with their’s. One example of a biased news source that misinforms the public is InfoWars. It is a conservative news source that will often twist the truth or lie to align with their opinions. One recent topic they have covered is the group of Central American immigrants seeking refuge in the United States. They have portrayed them as dangerous criminals planning an invasion on the United States, when in reality they are just regular people wishing for a better life in a place where they can feel safe. And if you only see news on this topic from InfoWars and other conservative news sources you will likely believe that these people are, in fact, criminals planning an invasion. When voters only see news from sources like infowars, they are then not able to form their own opinions and vote for politicians who can solve America’s problems best. This is why it is so important to see news from multiple different sources with different political biases.

In conclusion, bringing about more awareness of bias in the media will bring more informed voters in our election. With better informed voters we will be represented by politicians that can better help our country solve important issues. If this is achieved, the divide between liberals and conservatives will likely begin to close. This will happen because of the ability to see others perspectives on topics, and see the full story .


Name: Mrs. Kok

Inquiry Questions (Writer)

For each Goal Statement, copy and paste an

Inquiry Question from the list above.  

Peer 2 Feedback (Reader)

After reading this writer’s draft and inquiry questions, respond to their inquiry questions with specific feedback. 

In what way does my tone support my argument?

When writing an argumentative essay, speaking in 2nd person creates an informal tone. Instead of using the words, “we,” “us,” “you,” and “our,” be more specific. Who are you talking to? Students? Voters?

How does my diction support my argument?

Make sure to cite where you gathered this evidence. Can you find a quote or statistic to support this fact?

In what way does my style support my argument?

One aspect of your writing style is framing the negative aspects of media bias in a proactive way. You specifically mention the positive effects of noticing bias in the media.

How did I organize my claim and counterclaim?

  1. In your first body paragraph, you claim that readers of news need to recognize bias. However, you do not tell your reader HOW to do this. What are practical steps that you suggest? 
  2. Your second body paragraph is missing a topic sentence. You seem to state the topic in your conclusion sentence, so make sure to start your paragraph in this way. 
  3. You are missing a counterclaim. The counterclaim is typically addressed in a third, body paragraph. What is the other side of your argument, and why is it incorrect?

Works Cited

“Media Bias.” Student News Daily, www.studentnewsdaily.com/types-of-media-bias/.

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