In this day and age of social media and 24-hour news outlets, information can spread across the globe in minutes and reach massive audiences. If an event were to occur in another country far away from home, we have the ability to find out what happened, track the event as it unfolds and receive further updates in real time. We also have access to a vast wealth of information right at our fingertips, thanks to internet access on devices that nearly all of us are surrounded by each day.
Of course, much like the old days of a pre-internet era, mistakes can be made, and occasionally, these mistakes can get published or aired.
I love the news. I love reading it, watching it, and listening to it. And most importantly, as you may have heard if you listen to my show, Newspoint (Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm on this very blog’s affiliated college radio station) I love discussing it afterwards and getting to share and listen to opinions. Putting all shameless plugs aside however, I feel that there is quite a bit that I’ve learned about the news media as a self-proclaimed “news junkie,” and I wanted to take the time to share them with readers, and people who are fans and haters of the media alike.
1. Local and broadcast news has less political bias than cable, but cable isn’t completely biased, either
One of the biggest complaints I often hear regarding cable news channels is that they are too biased when the subject turns to politics, and many have found this to be especially evident during this election season. The left and the right have both hurled accusations of media bias at each other over various networks and who they say these networks support or what causes or policies they may believe in.