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"News always reflects the interests and assumptions of the powerful in society" - How far do you agree?

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Chlo� Morris "News always reflects the interests and assumptions of the powerful in society" How far do you agree? "News always reflects the interests and assumptions of the powerful in society" this statement is true in many ways, most of the news the public are exposed to is carefully chosen by owners, editors, journalists and the government - all powerful people. The views and morals they hold are therefore portrayed in our news, influencing our opinions and the way we act in society. The Glasgow University Media Group (G.U.M.G) carried out studies based on content analyses of television news, they feel that the 'powerful' have an influence over the media, as a result of this they are represented much better than the 'un-powerful' in the press. People with money and status have an effect on our news content and as a result of this they have an effect on our interests and outlook on world issues. ...read more.

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In a series of broadcasts mad by the G.U.M.G - a large substantial amount of evidence indicated that the media is not impartial, there is an increase in government control of media output and that the media restricts information and therefore limits freedom of choice (agenda setting.) Complete media impartiality is impossible, research has shown that the media does not show a wide variety of views but the opinions of those with power in our society, or dominant views in society. Those in the minority are not given the chance to express their thoughts in the media, leaving it almost impossible for them to be heard. A recent example of this is the controversial story regarding the royal family, the press knows the story but have been forbidden by the law (at the request of the royal family) to report the story to the British people. The story has however leaked in Europe and on the Internet, this argues that although some stories are not widely represented, they are available if we are willing to look. ...read more.

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It is argued that a combination of biases allows the audience their own choice to which they believe, therefore providing a freedom of choice. This is true to an extent, sometimes the newspaper or programme, broadcast news especially, will present the facts in a non-biased way but this is very rare. Broadcast news is more impartial and has a tendency to report as many stories as time will allow and in an unprejudiced manor, this does allow the viewer to form an unbiased opinion. However, an example of news biased is demonstrated by the G.U.M.G's studies of the Leyland strike so there are occasions when broadcast news modifies pieces of news to create a certain impression. Although it is unfair to say that news is always influence by the powerful I would agree that 99% of the time it is, there is usually always an arterial motive to why a story is reported in a certain way and it is usually always to benefit the rich and powerful. ...read more.

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