The Bias Controversy

It is the natural desire of humans to know absolutely everything that there is to know. The responsibility to deliver this information falls to one group: the media. With this huge responsibility it is only right that the information delivered must be “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” However, one thing falls in the way of this dream: bias.

Bias is the natural opinion in a piece–the opinion of the person writing it. Every article written, paper printed, and book published has a bias. Bias in itself is not always a problem as long as it is made clear that an article is opinionated and not strictly factual. This has all been forgotten in the election. The 2016 presidential election has brought out the bias of every reporter in the nation. Even the headlines are fiery and opinionated. With Donald Trump’s racism and sexism and Hillary Clinton’s emails, everyone in the media is desperate to put their own opinion in an article. This has caused the line between fact and opinion to become very blurred.

This leaves us in a difficult position. Our news sources have been forced to choose between the left or the right in this presidential election. Bias can even be found even by glancing over headlines. For example the New York Times, a paper criticized for its bias on the far left, had the headline “Donald Trump Apology Caps Day of Outrage Over Lewd Tape” the day after the release of Trump’s tape in which he brags about groping women. On the far-right in the conservative magazine and newspaper The National Review the headline stated “Donald Trump Lives to Lose Another Day”

So what can we do? What can the media do? The problem with the current bias situation is not bias itself, but rather that opinion is being put into what are supposed to be factual articles. There is a place for opinion and bias in the media from op-ed columns to editorials, but as journalists it is our duty to make sure that we write from an unbiased perspective and attempt to turn off our inner opinions when writing factual articles. And you, dear reader, it is your duty to read carefully, to compare sources and to try to comprehend the bias, however slight, of an article.