Source: David Horsey/Los Angeles Times
According to The Washington Times, during Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, 89% of the media coverage on him were negative (Harper). There have been hours upon hours of anti-Trump controversies taking over the content of popular news companies. It is well-known that there are people who disagree with Donald Trump and his ways, but this dislike has slowly found its way to news sources, making their information biased and unreliable.
Many people rely on the media as their source of information regarding local, national, or even international news. A problem arises, however, when this “news” is just a subjective explanation of events, giving one-sided, personal opinions rather than informative material.
And it isn’t just a few news organizations that are guilty of this flawed tactic. Major companies such as ABC, NBC, and CNN are all responsible for taking part in conveying biased news. They use certain words and tones of voice to alter the reality of situations and circumstances.
For example, Donald Trump fell victim to this false information a few months ago when he said:
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. It’s true. And these aren’t the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime; they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. (The Valley Patriot)”
Although there wasn’t any racist or inappropriate language in this quote, it didn’t take long for news sources to report these “Anti-Mexican” and xenophobic remarks. In fact, Brooke Baldwin from CNN reported, “Donald Trump called all Mexicans rapists and killers.” He then claimed that Trump’s remarks were “Anti-Mexican” and that Trump “called all immigrants killers”.
Source: Steve Breen/US News
Another instance where bias was included in news took place in the image above. This political cartoon uses a rhetorical comparison between President John F. Kennedy and President Trump. Kennedy is seen looking over his desk, appearing to be hard at work. On the other hand, Trump is in his office and tweeting on his phone. This image portrays to the audience that Trump does not take his job seriously, nor does he do any work.
Although this picture demonstrates media bias in an outgoing way, it is a great representation of the bias that other news sources incorporate much more subtly and indiscernible.
The media bias isn’t always anti-Trump, either.
During the election, it was discovered that “five television networks cut a deal with Donald Trump that has effectively turned their coverage over to the Republican frontrunner and turned the networks into Trump propaganda arms (Politicususa).”
These networks were essentially able to focus on Trump and made sure that all of their coverage on him was beneficial to his campaign. For example, they made sure to place cameras in spots which enabled them to maintain a clear single shot of his face. Despite it being discreet to the public, little actions like this allowed the media to incorporate bias and support Donald Trump.
When you watch the news, you expect to obtain reliable and neutral information. But rather than taking into consideration the political views of their entire audience, these sources focus on the viewers with similar ideologies.
I am neither supporting nor attacking Donald Trump or his presidency, but I do believe that the media, the supposed gateway to information, is covering controversial political information by including their own personal opinions and values, thus decreasing the trustworthiness and credibility of their material.
Everyone has an opinion on something, but the news industry has deemed it necessary to incorporate these views on the news that they are supposed to report. And if we can’t trust these popular news organizations to do their job truthfully and legitimately, it seems as though our options for unbiased and trustworthy news are running out at a frightening rate.
Sources: "Media Lies and Media Bias: Why Trump Is Under Attack ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (7-15)." The Valley Patriot. N.p., 07 May 2016. Web. 01 May 2017.
Easley, Jason. "Pro-Trump Media Bias Confirmed As Networks Admit To Pushing Trump Propaganda." Politicus USA. N.p., 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 01 May 2017.