Corruption Of The Media

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Corruption Of The Media

Today, more than ever the media plays a pivotal role in the ways in which Americans think
and what they believe. Media can influence the masses in a number of different ways.
Without the media it would be virtually impossible for the typical American citizens to be
informed of today's events. But information is not always the media's goal. In fact, it
rarely is. Many Americans feel that they can form opinions on there own. But, unknowingly
opinion's are formed simply by what paper gets delivered to your door or what channel you
watch. The views of the president are greatly affected by the media due to the
overwhelming amount of coverage by every form of media.

Upon watching various newscasts and reviewing articles printed in various newspapers, it
is obvious that news is not filled facts but is more likely to be filled with opinions.
The ideas and actions of the president can either be applauded or booed depending on which
station you turn to. For instance, Bill Clinton's view on the Republican's tax cut
proposal has faced much scrutiny from the media. The debate over this issue has been hotly
contested. The Chicago Tribune has widely discussed the reasons for Bill Clinton's refusal
of this proposal. But in tracking this issue it has been shown that this paper rarely
gives a Republican viewpoint discussing their reasons for proposing these tax cuts. No
more than a tiny blurb at the end of end of an article is given to show the Republican
side of this issue. On the other hand, The National Review, which is openly called
America's Conservative magazine, attacks Clinton's decision and by saying that due to the
multitrillion dollar surplus Americans deserve this tax break.

Another recent issue that has received many different views was Clinton's clemency offer
to 16 hispanic prisoners. The National Review immediately blasted Clinton for offering
clemency to these prisoners because of their involvement in terrorist bombings. The
magazine showed that Clinton was using the pardons to gain support from Hispanic leaders
and Hispanic citizens. On the other hand, upon reading articles published in the Chicago
Tribune tells the reader that Clinton is only "trying to ameliorate the judicial overkill
that has placed Hispanics behind bars for the past twenty years." The Chicago Tribune also
tells the reader that 10 Nobel peace prize laureates have supported Clinton's pardon.
Television also reported differently on this issue. On both Fox News and CBS's "Face the
Nation" representatives were brought on that were outraged by the president's offer of
clemency. All the representatives stated that the prisoners did not deserve clemency
because of their lack of remorse. Many Republicans went as far as to say that Bill Clinton
was trying to help Hillary's campaign for New York State Senator because of the large
amount of Hispanics in New York state. NBC however did not show America this side of the
story. Instead NBC had a Democratic representative who agreed with Clinton stating that
those offered clemency were not convicted of violent crimes and had no defense lawyer.

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