I peruse a lot of websites, forums and threads, and many of them have agendas. Have you ever been on the website, Fox Nation? It’s a conservative news and opinion website run by Fox News. I’m not here to drum up business for this site, since I am neither a registered Democrat nor Republican thanks to my former career as a journalist. Having covered politics on the state level, I have a rule not to discuss politics with friends and family, and especially not in a public forum. I firmly believe that each American has the right to vote the way he or she sees fit.
But as the presidential race heats up, the discourse on websites such as Fox Nation gets equally as heated and, some of the topics, a bit more extreme but entertaining. Fox Nation ran a photo series today claiming the Associated Press is biased in submitting photographs to its member news organizations of President Obama, always framing his head in an angelic glow. (Click here for the photos.) True or not true? I don’t know.
But it does bring up the much broader topic of media bias. Whether it be conservative, liberal, mainstream or corporate, both mainstream news and entertainment information are constantly being judged. Reader vigilance is a good thing, in my opinion. The Fourth Estate yields a lot of power and with that comes responsibility and accountability as well.