In the latest readings we revisit the concept of framing and agenda setting using the Hierarchy of Influences model as a reference point for thinking about bias.
I’ve always been inclined to try to avoid bias, but I realized during the reading that I seek out agendas and frames and journalism from social systems, institutions and organizations that I approve of – all the time. And I’m okay with that.
When it comes to news or media that help to explain the world, for example, I don’t trust reporting that is based upon rampant conjecture and supposition (like you might get with Alex Jones). I don’t appreciate media coverage that frames politics through a religious bias. In the case of RTnews.com – I don’t trust media that is allegedly financed by Putin’s government.
Basically, I’m biased to seek out media coverage by the most intelligent experts I can find; policy experts; professional sources. I appreciate grammar and spelling and a high level of professionalism.
This level of expectation makes me inclined to discredit a lot of other media sources that exist in America – from religious media coverage to basement bloggers and self-anointed “muckrakers.” Why can’t Vladimir Putin finance some amazing journalism?
What are some of the biases and agendas you feel are acceptable?