Should factual products contain bias?
As the factual writing is becoming more and more
important, we as viewers rely on media to sway our
opinion on political, social and economic issues, and
this can be easily done by the media’s bias streak, the
material we read is like it’s injected in to us like the
hypodermic syringe effect, meaning the facts we see is
being forced in to our brains giving sending us an
automatic message on a subject.
In factual writing, journalists are now starting to be able to get away with being bias, as
they can say that they are just sticking to a “side”, stating that they are only interested in
talking about one subject, rather than the two sides to it.
Some factual bias can also be obvious, for example stating all the good parts of a subject
and only one bad thing.
By bias being in everyday things we use, we are virtually unable to make up our own
minds, and in a way this isn’t fare, as us as human beings are entitled to having our own
opinion/say in things, and by bias being in factual products we are unable to do this.
For example, The Daily Mail admitted to what critics have been saying for years about
them being biased against Christianity and being in favour of Multiculturism. This
leaked an account of BBC’s chairman Micheal Grade, which lead to a row about the BBC
and it’s reporting of key issues, especially concerning Muslims.
After a secret meeting in London hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC
executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from
ethnic minorities, deliberately promoting multiculturalism, and anti-American, anti-
Countryside and more sensitive feelings of Muslims that Christians.
BBC executives said ‘There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone
too far in that direction of political correctness. Unfortunately, most of this is so deeply
embedded in the BBC culture that it’s become so hard to change’.
This shows that media that is supposed to be factual can in fact become really bias to the
point where it can be difficult to change back.