Why is The Media So Biased?

hi I'm Tiffany Roberts a recent college

graduate and this is the latest episode

of millennial myths a podcast dedicated

to debunking the most common political

myths among young Americans through a

combination of on the street interviews

personal stories expert analysis and

much more this week we're going to talk

about media bias we decided to do a

little experiment ahead of our

discussion we collected a variety of

news headlines some come from major

media networks while others are from

satire news sites I put them

side-by-side and asked people on the

street which one they think is satire in

which one they think is real you may be

surprised at how hard it was for them to

tell the difference take a listen

Los Angeles bands travel to Alabama due

to abortion law or B us abortions hit

record low which one is not real yeah

the first ones not real

the first one's not real first ones not

real probably the first so for the first

one the headline that is not real is us

abortions hit record low okay second

question which headline is not real kim

jeong-hoon wants pope to visit North

Korea or be Kim jong-un has higher

approval rating among Republicans than

Pelosi second one first one the first

one Oh second one which one's not real

yeah the first one I think the second

one is real actually the headline that

is not real is the first one kim

jeong-hoon wants pope to visit North

Korea for the third one Trump vows to

cut foreign aid to California or be

families earning a hundred and seventeen

thousand dollars now qualify as low

income in California's Bay Area which

one is not real the first one is not

real the second one's not real the

second one is not real first one's not

real the headline that is not real is

Trump vows to cut foreign aid to

California don't go too far we're going

to take a quick break when we return

Heritage's Rob lui will join me to

debunk the common millennial myths on

media bias


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I'm now joined by Rob lui vice president

of communications at the Heritage

Foundation and the executive editor of

The Daily signal Rob thank you so much

for joining me it's great to be with you

so my first question what do you think

makes a reporter or news outlet fair or

unbiased Wow well you know it's a it's a

long time going back to the history of

journalism when you can look at the

change that occurred I mean we had a

period of time when news organizations

and reporters really just wore their

bias on their sleeve I mean they were

upfront about it everybody acknowledged

that there was a certain bias that they

brought to their coverage of the news or

frankly publications would support one

political party or one ideology over

another and then there became a time

when I think media consolidated people

started to talk about objectivity and

news and reporters really strive to be

fair and balanced but at the end of the

day let's face it everybody does have

their biases and is subjective in terms

of how either they select the stories

they cover or how they cover those

stories and so I really think it's

evolved over time in terms of how

journalism has taken shape and we happen

to be living in a time today when

because of the Internet

almost anybody can be a journalist I

mean you have people out there who are

covering either local communities and

using the internet and social media to

get news and information to interested

people and you have national politics

which is what we focus on here at the

daily signal and the policy debates that

are shaping Washington and I think what

we've seen is an explosion of people

who've wanted to come and do this kind

of work and as a result of that it just

looks very different probably than it

did a generation ago do you think

Americans trust the media well no the

polls show a overwhelmingly they don't

trust the media the media has become

more fractured so you have a situation


in the days of Walter Cronkite or Tom

Brokaw Peter Jennings I mean people got

their news from the evening newscast and

the evening newscast by the way got its

news from the New York Times and

Washington Post so everything was very

much in alignment and you you know would

leave the evening newscast and generally

all Americans would have a sense of what

Walter Cronkite had said and would be

operating from the same set of beliefs

I'm not saying that was a good model I'm

just saying that it's very different

from where we are today now you can

customize the news to your liking I mean

if you only want to subscribe to the

daily signal and that's the news that

you want to consume that's what you'll


that's your choice as a consumer you

don't have to turn into the the Evening

News you don't have to subscribe to the

local paper if a local paper even exists

let's face it local news has been

decimated by the some of these changes

in the media landscape and so there's a

whole different shape that the media has

taken today and frankly social media has

contributed a lot to that because there

are what we call filter bubbles where

people just only consume the news that

they're interested in particularly when

it comes to politics

so as individuals do we have any power

to stand up to this bias in the media

yes I think so because first of all you

control you have so many sources that

you can turn to I mean podcasts are a

great example of that this particular

show or some of the other shows like

heritage explains with a daily signal

podcast videos on YouTube I mean there's

so many different options where

consumers can turn to get their news my

one advice though to listeners is to

make sure that you are consuming a

healthy diet of news don't just consume

conservative news you know try to make

sure that you have a balanced diet just

as you would have a balanced diet in

terms of what your your own nutrition in

terms of what you're taking into your

body make sure that your mind is

consuming a variety of sources some of

that may be liberal sources that you

disagree with personally but it's good

to hear that other perspective and so

that's why one of the reasons that the

Heritage Foundation we make it a

priority to put Heritage Foundation

experts on MSNBC and CNN and other

outlets beyond Fox News and as a young

adult it seems like I can get really

stuck in social media so do you think

that as young people that we should get

out of that

bubble of social media and start to

watch like TV news or I think it's

really important yes to have a diversity

of sources as well I think social media

can do a lot to help filter the news and

deliver it in a way that is perhaps a

little bit more consumable I'm somebody

who still has the the morning paper

delivered to my house and so I start my

day getting The Washington Post in the

driveway and opening up the paper seeing

what's on the front page and you know

seeing what's on the local section and

and also trying to consume some of the

local news and in Northern Virginia and

so I think that social media can be

great because it's a quick and easy way

to get the news but yes there are there

tend to be other ways that you can do it

I'm personally I'm not so much a

consumer of TV news I was as as growing

up I mean in my household we watched the

evening Newton the local news at 6:00

p.m. and the evening news at 6:30 p.m.

and to this day my parents you know

still enjoy doing that but that just is

not necessarily how I consume news I

tend to be somebody who likes to have

email newsletters delivered so I think

there's any number of ways that you can

go about diversifying your news diet

that's all I have thank you so much for

joining me

thanks so much and appreciate you doing

the show and exposing some of the myths

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