The Role of Media Bias in American Society One of the major problems in the American media today is non-objective reporting which is also known as bias. This has been a trend since the early 1980?s and is very alarming for American citizens who watch the news for truth and honest reporting. Not only has bias been a problem in the broadcast media of ABC, NBC, and CBS, but it has also been a problem in mainstream newspapers such as The New York Times, The Sun, and The Boston Globe. For years, these media outlets have built their reputations on truth and now the trend is to lean left and not tell the whole story. Evidence of this has become very prominent in war coverage and election bias.
Radio was a large form of communication at the time as many households could not afford a television and so radio would be the soul means of keeping up to date with news from around the globe. Thousands were killed and it was because of mass media that much of the public were able to discover that, this switched the American Public a little bit into being opposed to the war, also hearing about shocking events such as the My Lai Massacre and the Tet Offensive. The Economic Cost was extreme as well; taxes were raised to compensate for all the money wasted after going to war. In the end mass media had swayed public opinion into being for the war as source m suggests. The Mass Media consisted of a variety types of media but as most people would agree, the most powerful part was television.
writes, “Watergate… undermined the nation’s sense of purpose in the world and inspired a search for moral renewal that shaped political, social and cultural discourse throughout the decade.” This quote shows how the turbulence felt by the shocking events of the Watergate scandal changed the views of American citizens in regards to the government. After putting so much trust in the government in previous years people
McCarthyism’s power underlays the ability to threaten principled people and turn them into self-serving cowards. It is a shocking violation of the First Amendment protection and a disturbing expression of the government’s ability to intimidate the press. The McCarthyism era changed the journalism significantly; the impact of the Eastland hearings and subsequent court cases about freedom of the press could be traced in the Valerie Plame case in the summer of 2005. Dark Days in the Newsroom concentrates on the 1955-56 Eastland investigation of the New York Times. “The Mississippi Democrat James Eastland and his colleagues put the newspaper industry on the defensive on the rights of the accused to face their accusers and cross-examine witnesses and the powers of Congress to hold witnesses in contempt or charge them with perjury if they refused to answer questions” (Alwood, 3).
The debate is embedded on the particular political assumptions perceived across the American political spectrum. Those criticizing the media for its role are of the opinion that the media misunderstood the United States military effort hence hindering succession of the American will in a war which was to be won. By 1968, claims that the media had lost Vietnam became bond of contention among members of public, military officers, veterans and many political conservatives apparently indicating the crucial role played by the media in the war. Supporters of the media were of the opinion that the media had successfully played its role of as a watch dog of the citizens and the state by revealing the bitter truth of failed policies hence forcing legislatures to change the course of the war (Schmitz 2005). Although the two sides were contradicting about the role played by the media to the outcome of the war, they still believed that the media was a decisive actor in the war and making a shift in the coverage of the war also impacted public opinions.
The Cold War and its policies had detrimental fallout effects on the American people. From the 1950s-1970s, people could see the shifting of cultures resulting from government policies and necessary adjustments to American life resulting from the Cold War. The Cold War would transform the future for America in many ways, including the religious boom, the staggering increase in defense spending, and the pushing of government control and propaganda due to ignorance and discrimination. The Cold war distorted America forever, instilling a fear of communism that would last to this day, making Americans want to try and rid the world of this evil. America, especially from the 1950s to the 1970s, main goal was to rid the world of communist control.
His escalation of the Vietnam War, his poorly chosen officials, and the Watergate Scandal all added up to the American people losing their trust in the presidency. This was the flaw that broke his presidency in my eyes. Works Cited Black, Conrad. Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full. New York: PublicAffairs, 2007.
World War II has always been viewed as the event that pulled this country out of the great depression. However other changes were starting to take place in American society; change that would have far reaching effects. Rights of women and African Americans as well as the core values of American society were just a few of the changes occurring. The Industrial output of the country rose to an all-time high; unemployment was almost nonexistent. The demand of the public to know the latest updates from the front caused a boom in TV and radio, thereby giving people almost instantaneous contact.
On the outset of Watergate, Nixon vehemently denies his government’s involvement in this scandal. Taped conversations with the president later show that a desperate cover-up to conceal Nixon’s involvement already began to take place. James McCord, Jr., relates the involvement of others besides him and his four other “plumbers”, and the pressure to plead guilty from the “others”. On April 30, 1973, growing media ... ... middle of paper ... ...rd Nixon, when confronted with his own dishonest actions, gave the American people a ridiculous run-around and played his electors for pitiful ignoramuses. Although his political failure proved that no one, not even the President, is above the law, the United States lost their timid hopes and much-needed faith in their politicians and elected officials.
So, did politicians become more devious and manipulative post 1950, or has the increase in mass media turned the American people into a cynical society? As our country entered into the second half of the 20th century, many US citizens knew very little about what went on throughout the world a politics. This all changed with the introduction of mass media. Finally the American people were able to see the effects of every decision that Washington made. Presidents were now able to deliver speeches to every living room throughout the country.