Media Bias in Four News Sources Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the media bias in four news sources; the New York Times, the National Public Radio (NPR), the Chinese People's Daily and the British BBC.
# 151407 | 2,472 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Communication (Journalism)

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The paper looks at two of the most well read domestic news sources, the New York Times and the National Public Radio (NPR), and compares them to two of the most popular foreign news agencies, the Chinese People's Daily and the British BBC. The paper analyzes both the types of stories they cover and the slant, if any, that they place on them. The paper finds that the NPR presents the most unbiased presentation of the stories that it covers, the New York Times can be accused of sensationalism on many counts, the influence of censorship is evident in the Chinese publication, and the BBC contained the more complete and non-biased coverage of the H1N1 virus in any of the media explored.

New York Times October 26-November 2, 2009
National Public Radio (NPR).
People's Daily
A Comparison of News Agencies

From the Paper:

"The biggest headline in the New York Times was the US War with Iraq. Rather than presenting unbiased information about the war, this article presented the personal opinion of the reporter on the results of the long and bloody war that has been going on since 2003. The article strongly suggests that the war has done little to change the social scene in Iraq or to change sectarian ideology. The author feels that the divide between the different factions in Iraq has a long and traditional history. The author does not feel that the American presence has or will have any effect on changing the social attitudes that breed hatred in Iraq. This article only provides one side of the story.
"H1N1 was a big news item for the week in the New York Times. A number of articles in the New York Times this week focused on the swine flu. Topics included a shortage of vaccines, shortages of ventilators, and other issues concerning the flue epidemic in the United States. One of the key articles probes the issue of who should receive a limited number of ventilators in light of the flu pandemic that is currently sweeping the country. Public health officials fear that rationing of ventilators will fuel social unrest. The purpose of the article was to increase public awareness of the potential crisis. It could be accused of sensationalism, although the potential scenario painted in the article is a real threat. It uses an emotional appeal to stress the importance of the problem."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Battacharji, Pretti. Media Censorship in China. 2009. Council on Foreign Relations. Web. 3 Nov. 2009.
  • BBC. Web. 2 Nov. 2009.
  • New York Times. Week in Review. Web. November 2, 2009.
  • National Public Radio (NPR). Web. 2 Nov. 2009
  • People's Daily. Web. 2 Nov. 2009.

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