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Are Journalists Politically Biased?
A common complaint heard about the media and journalists is the bias shown in their articles. You often hear terms such as “the liberal media” or “not fair and balanced.” I myself always had assumptions but was not completely aware until researching for this assignment. The tanning bed tax is a tax that was placed in President Obama’s Health Care Reform Act. It took effect July, 1 of this year. Using this tax as a baseline, I reviewed many sources and found that without a doubt the media and journalists are biased.
I reviewed six sources of internet media for research. I was able to find two sources that were liberally slanted, two sources that were conservatively slanted, and two that I perceive as fair, balanced and even. Unfortunately the amount of coverage each source gave to the tanning bed tax was very different.
The most biased article I located pertaining to the tanning bed tax, happened to be the one most prominently displayed. The news video titled “Burned –Tanning Bed Takes Effect” is very prominently displayed on the Today’s show website. In fact this video clip was featured above news from the Gulf, and coverage from the war. It received in-depth coverage as well as follow up coverage. This video clip (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36740125/vp/#38034209) explains that the tanning bed tax is going to be used for health care for the people using the tanning beds after they get cancer. It downplays the economica...