Resurrecting the biased art form of a dying breed

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Resurrecting the biased art form of a dying breed

Amanda Savage

The days of journalism as an art form seem to be over, although there are still good journalists out there, journalists with integrity and belief that “truth” is the only concern the media should have; They are a dying breed.Journalism has been biased from the beginning.

In the 1800s, newspapers sole purpose was to promote the advocacy of political parties.

Although, laws were then put into act to prevent this kind of behavior throughout the next 100 years, it seems as though American journalism is slipping back into it’s old ways.

MSNBC, Fox, CNN, no matter if they are liberal or conservative, all seem to be the same.

It seems apparent that “sticking to their side” and focusing on an image is more important than conveying the actual news to the public.

This idea can be perfectly illustrated when relating back to the 2008 presidential campaigns and elections.

Certain candidates always seemed to have more or less air time than others, creating a bias.

Or certain candidates would seem to be held in higher esteem than they were on other news channels.

Broadcast news programs seem to try and compete with one another constantly, attempting to have the most shocking or alluring subject matter during their brief commercials, no matter what the content, only to raise the number of viewers.

“Young Girl Is Brutally Murdered. Story at 9!” A woman, usually plastered with makeup, will say with a smile.

Even if a viewer decides to turn on the news at 9 with interest in the subject, usually, the subject being promoted will be one of the last stories the news will cover, in hope to suck the viewer in and keep them watching.

What ever happened to the art form? When reporters would go to the war front in Vietnam to get a good story.

Or when reporters like Woodward and Bernstein were around investigating and unraveling political scandals like Watergate?

Do we blame the government or media itself? Does the government place too many restrictions on media now?

Placing such restrictions can create a more corrupt painting of what they want the public to think.

Or is it possible the government has the media sold out, and lost its edge?

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These are archived stories from Mesa Legend editions before Fall 2018. See article for corresponding author.

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