"Why would the Guardian provide moral and medical justification for the multiple murder of innocent Israeli civilians?" That's the question that appeared in hundreds of emails to the Guardian of London, accusing it of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After some sleuthing, Guardian reporters discovered that the correspondence was generated by HonestReporting.com, a website established by Aish HaTora, an international group promoting orthodox Judaism.
"Most people would probably agree that TV news anchors and reporters should have a strong determination to search for and report the truth no matter what the economic consequences to their station or network might be," writes former TV meteorologist Chris Shumway. "I bet they would also agree that it is a journalist's duty to expose and challenge bias or censorship within the news media.
A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs shows the average sound bite length for the presidential candidates on the network nightly news has dropped to 7.3 seconds, a 26% decline since 1988 (9.8 seconds) and an 83% drop from the 1968 presidential election.
ABC's John Stossel is a man on a mission: to teach Americans about the evils of government regulation and the rewards of capitalism.
While ABC News has been looking the other way, correspondent John Stossel has been transformed from a right-leaning bomb-thrower of prime-time news into a full-fledged propagandist in the classroom. The transformation was fostered by an affiliation among ABC News, Stossel and the conservative Palmer R. Chitester Fund, which sells educational materials based on Stossel's ABC reporting. The arrangement touches on the fundamental ethical question of whether or not journalists and the news organizations they work for should align themselves with ideologically driven organizations.
Fewer than half of adult Americans believe the media offers fair, balanced coverage of the news, according to a 1997 survey performed by the Newspaper Association of America and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. The survey sought to compare attitudes among different ethnic groups but found that all ethnic groups are dissatisfied with the quality of current journalism. Overall, only 47.3 percent of Americans feel that newspapers are fair.