Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: No News is Good News

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

No News is Good News


We tend to see, read, and hear what we want because it is of our interest. The news channel, the paper or radio stations are no exceptions.
According to Dionne Jr.'s article, people's views are hardly influenced by what they see or hear. Their preconceptions on political issues for example is what ultimately affect their views and opinions.
On a poll, Americans were asked if "news reports were making the situation in Iraq seem better, worse or about right. The results, 38% said worse, 14% said better, and 36% said the reports were about right. But, 55% of those who said worse, said their main source of news was Fox News and only 32% were CNN viewers.
As the polls found, the audience for Fox News is more republican than the rest of the nation, therefore it makes sense that they see any news about Iraq as an exsageration or negative.

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