Media bias extends beyond politics


Jan 2015
Left coast
This is from the Axios AM newsletter so I can't link it but it does have some links in it that I will post below. It quite surprised me.

Several recent major non-political news stories show that collective bias by the mainstream media goes beyond politics, seeping into issues of race, climate and terrorism, Axios media expert Sara Fischer writes:

Why it matters: Collective media bias can dramatically skew coverage for the majority of the population, and can distort the truth by inflating or downplaying significant aspects of some news stories.​

Examples of coverage bias that reaches beyond politics:

Terrorism: A new study, detailed in The Guardian, found that terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists receive 357% more U.S. press coverage than those committed by non-Muslims.

Hurricanes: A WashPost report found that in the same time period last September and October, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico received only a third as many mentions in text as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the mainland.

Missing girls: The lack of media coverage of 10 missing minority girls in Washington, D.C. sparked outrage last year. Vox: "Even though children of color go missing more often than white children, they receive far less media coverage and public attention."

Even climate change, a hot digital topic, often struggles to get coverage on cable news. MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes tweeted last week that "almost without exception. every single time we've covered it's been a palpable ratings killer. so the incentives are not great."​

Rodney Benson, chair of NYU's Department of Media, said lack of newsroom diversity is a contributing factor:

"[T]he interests and concerns of less privileged groups (by class, religion, region, race, gender, or sexuality) are downplayed or ignored."​
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Mar 2012
New Hampshire
I am fortunate living so close to the Canadian border that we get the CBC and other news. It truly is amazing the difference. They go around the world and talk about tons of issues, news stories and such. In about 45 minutes I know whats going on all over the world. US news is Trump focused. Stupid stuff too, "oh his wife had CNN on" and crap like that. Nothing that important. Then they have panels and they talk about Trump for 20 minutes. Its a wonder Americans dont know anything.
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Nov 2010

I think really it comes down to ratings and money what gets air time. Fear sells to Americans, so they really push that
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Jul 2014
I think really it comes down to ratings and money what gets air time. Fear sells to Americans, so they really push that
Correct, and it is not a new development.

Old saying is "If it bleeds, it leads" referring to newspapers and newscasts.

Bad news gets headlines, and good news gets buried.
Jan 2015
Great State of Texas
The Guardian, WaPo, Vox, Twitter, MSNBC ...

I think informed thinking people know that if you are reading fake news MSM outlets like that you are getting 100% fake news.

Do you think it's a coincident that only Leftist look to sources like that?