By CLAUDIA BROWN
News networks and reporting are supposed to be neutral with no biases. But still, the general public can categorize each network and its reports as a Republican network or a Democratic network.
This is not due to the content that is covered because more or less, any news channel one can put on that is not your “local” news station will be reporting the same stories.
Fox News is a “Republican” news network, although its spokespersons will say otherwise.
“We are a news station that is neutral to both sides. We give the public the news as it is. We have anchors, reporters, and writers who are from all political parties,” says a news reporter at the Fox 5 news station.
Seventy-eight percent of conservatives think news stations such as CBS, ABC, and NBC are biased toward those who are liberal.
Michelle Koenigsberg, 72, a Republican from Brooklyn, N.Y., says “I only watch Fox News because the other stations are so biased towards liberals, they don’t give a full story. They lie to make their side look better than they are.”
According to The Washington Post, “a quarter of its audience is from Democrats and 9% from Independents.”
Sophie Browne 21, a Democrat from New York City, stated, “I never watch Fox, it’s way too conservatively biased and I honestly think it’s crap.”
So how and why is each news station able to be categorized to the public? It seems to be a common belief that Republicans will feel that “Republican” networks and local stations are reporting the news as it really is with no bias, just as Democrats feel that way about the “Democratic” networks and stations.
The main reason for this seems to be the specific parts of a story that is being reported. For example, the 2016 presidential campaign.
Both ABC and Fox News reported this week on the temperaments of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
ABC stated “Clinton is poised when pointing out Trump’s contradictions and false claims.”
ABC also says “It’s clear that from his tone, Trump is judged on his temperament.”
Why is this? Each network knows its viewers and its rumored political side. The reporters’ jobs are to report the news “as it is” however, they still need to appeal to their audience.
Fox’s report on the temperaments this week revealed the biases that the news viewers feel.
“We’ve known that Clinton isn’t a great retail politician, but is an establishment candidate in a non- establishment year. We’ve known that she has low ratings on honestly and trustworthiness exacerbated by the Clinton foundation mess,” Fox stated.
The way they portray Trump seems to be more positive than the way ABC does.
“Now that Donald Trump is stabilizing his campaign with more scripted speeches on military readiness,” an ABC story stated.
Although both ABC and Fox News are reporting on the same topic, they are emphasizing the parts of each story that please the viewers and “prove” their stereotyped political beliefs.