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In this book, scholars examine the many prevailing arguments about media bias from a non-polemical perspective. Essays cover individual forms of bias, including ideology, politics, television, photography, religion, abortion, homosexuality, gender, race, crime, environment, region, military, corporate ownership, labor and health. Each essay introduces the topic, presents arguments for and against the specific bias, assesses the evidence for all arguments, and includes a list of suggested readings. Two additional essays discuss the broader aspects of the bias debate and give a personal perspective on reporting the controversial Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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When it comes to the topic of bias in the media, both liberals and conservatives agree on one thing-that the media is biased against their viewpoints. In this important book, journalism scholars have written essays on such controversial topics as abortion, homosexuality, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and television news. Each piece tries to cut through the existing rhetoric and present both sides of the argument in a fair way. The authors then try to reconcile opposing viewpoints and arrive at a more balanced understanding of the underlying issues. Each essay ends with a Notes section that students of the subject will find invaluable. This book reiterates that journalists have a responsibility to commit to balanced reporting and to avoid catering to their own or others' partisan ideologies. Teens considering majoring in journalism or communications and those who participate on debate teams may be especially interested in this book.
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