As it comes to no surprise to any of us, the media has a way of manipulating the truth. From both sides of the political party, there are bias narratives, high levels of inaccuracies, poor coverage on important issues, and stories strictly structured around sensationalism. All of these factors have created a very week infrastructure for trust within today’s media. In September of this year, a poll taken by USA Today, CNN, and Gallop found that only 36 percent of Americans believe news organizations are factual, compared to 54 percent in mid – 1989. This not only illustrates how the media has become institutionally bias within their political party but is show how we as Americans have no trust in the media. And how can one make educated political decisions with this sense of propaganda looming over everything? Below I have added two political cartoons that will illustrate today’s bias in the media regarding serious issues.
This cartoon, upon analysis, was created by an individual that is behind the democratic party. Within the illustration, the artist is trying to illustrate that Fox is a new outlet that has been structured within institutional racism. This bias can be supported due to the the elements within the illustration. For example, both individuals are the same age but their color of skin in the driving factor behind the assumptions about their character. This illustrates how this author has the bias that Fox is inaccurate within their media coverage because of the narrative on either side of the photos and the labeling of who they are as civilians underneath the photos. It also illustrates the underlying characters of the victims underneath the frame of the images in relation to the portrait of the characters. I agree that there are biases in all corporate media outlets, but I do not think that this image represents Fox new as a whole. For the author to claim that all employees behind Fox news are institutionally racists as a corporation is simply not true. Yes, their national media may be swayed in a certain way, but I do not believe this cartoon represents the mentality of all employees within this corporation.
In addition, this cartoon is illustrated to bring the flaws of left-wing media into the conversation. Within this illustration you can see that the “executioner” is labeled with left-wing media outlets, his weapon of choice states “mainstream media” and journalism is copped to bits in a pile of blood…tasteful! But what throws the best shot at the leftwing is the “executioners” statement and the list of issues on the left-hand side of the illustration. These factors show how this author is biased toward right-wing media and illustrates his opinion of democratic news outlets. But what this author is trying to portray is simply incorrect. Democratic new outlets construct far more content than information regarding birth control. In addition, I believe left-wing news outlets touch on all of the issues that are listed within their broadcasting. This cartoon is designed to portray that democratic news outlets are not engaged in this country and the major issues that are taking place during this time. which I believe is not the case regarding left-wing news coverage.