The Effect Of the Media on Public Perception

President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States in 1961, was not all that great of a President. But the media revered him. So he was loved by the public and treated like a war hero after he maneuvered his PT boat so that the enemy sunk it in World War II. He escalated the nuclear arms situation with the USSR to the point where we were on the brink of war. Not to mention, on account of Lee Harvey Oswald (or the men on the grassy knoll, depending on your personal views) he became a martyr after his death. Regardless, his father bought him the white house, the media handed him a gold plated presidency and the public loved him for it.

However, our current President Bush has done all he could to keep this country and its inhabitants safe, but the liberal based media has scorned his actions and turned public opinion against him. This is not to say that it wouldn’t have happened anyway, but with the help of our slanted press, Bush’s approval ratings have hovered around a lowly thirty percent for some time now. There are some conservative news stations that give the news a right wing spin, but in a country that’s scrambling madly for fanatical liberalism, those news stations are a breath of fresh air for those of us still clinging to old GOP values.

When President Bush fought for 20,000 more troops to go to Iraq, almost every, if not all, major newspaper or television station carried the story for at least a week. And then his troop surge started working. Did that make it on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric? Of course not. Maybe a story of hope and success would make it on the front page of the New York Times. No, it didn’t. But one must give them credit; they did run the story in the paper, on page 12. Of course, they later faced a reprimand and a spanking from Daddy Dean. Oh, that’s right, they don’t like the use of force in parenting. Well, I suppose it was just a reprimand then.

It is quite obvious to simply a casual observer that the media can, and frequently does, spin the news to the left or the right. But the sheer number of liberal news spouters dwarfs the pathetic number of conservative news stations. What one hears is controlled by what the news wants people to hear. So if something happens about President Bush or his administration that the professional spin-doctors can slant negatively, it’ll be covered much more heavily than in a world without crippling bias. CNN is willing to put a story about the resignation of the Chief of US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia before as story about the Chinese abusing human rights. It’s carried simply because the Admiral is at odds with President Bush about what to do about the situation in Iran.

The primarily liberal media has brainwashed those who had not really had the chance to make up their mind about their personal politics. The younger generation of voters believes that it is “cool” to hate President Bush because that’s the underlying theme in most of the political stories in the liberal news. It’s okay to make personal attacks on him; calling him stupid is perfectly acceptable. Comparing him, in all seriousness, to Adolf Hitler is rational and popular; after all, the people seen on television do it. The press today gives every radical their 15 minutes of fame and 1500 followers.

Spinning news is fine, even expected. It’s been done for ages, reaching peaks with the Yellow Press and the Muckrakers in the early 20th century, and again in our current area. But the spin and slant that the news today receives is unacceptable. If nothing else, it is against journalistic integrity and that’s plain wrong.

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