Detecting Media Bias

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Detecting Media Bias

Detecting Media Bias The recent news article I have chosen is the standoff that is happening in Southern Nevada between the Federal Government and Cliven Bundy, a local rancher. The Federal Government claims that Bundy has not paid grazing fees for the last 20 years, Bundy feels that he does not have to because his family have worked the land since the 1880’s, which would give him rights to the land (Fox News, 2014) . The report by Fox News on their website appeared to be accurate, but it was clear that they were definitely siding more with Mr. Bundy than with the Federal Government. There were only comments and statements from Mr. Bundy himself or his supporters. When I checked the same story at CNN’s website, they had statements from both side of the issue. The report mentions how Bundy’s family called for assistance from Militia and his supporters after a couple acts of violence from law enforcement, his son was shot with a stun gun and his sister was pushed to the ground. There was no mention in the Fox new report, that the Bundy family and their supporters confronted rangers, and that a police dog was kicked and officers being assaulted, incidences that were reported on the CNN website (CNN, 2014). The report is clearly only reporting and favoring one side of the story, where as other news agencies are reporting a more balanced story. The Fox news report is putting a lot of emphasis on to the rights and treatment of Mr. Bundy, stating that the dispute has been going on for 20 years, which has had an effect on Mr. Bundy, and also comparing the recent scenario to the 1993 Waco, Texas incident, where 76 deaths occurred (Fox News, 2014). The report does not mention that Mr. Bundy owes nearly one million dollars in unpaid fees, and that the rangers are there carrying out US District Court Orders from two different judges…...

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