How You Can Help Eliminate Media Bias
3. Lean on social media. See an article or YouTube clip that shrewdly dissects the media’s bias? Share it via social media. Link to in on Facebook. Stumble the webpage in question via stumbleupon.com. Use your Twitter account -- relying on tinyurl.com to shrink the link to make it fit the 140-character limit. Do so without being confrontational or aggressive, and save the shout-outs for the best articles. Stories that go viral can impact our culture.
4. Keep media watchdogs honest. You might visit your favorite blogger each day, eager to read the latest MSM smackdown. But bloggers are human, too. Keep them honest. If they make a mistake or overstate a case of media bias, let them know. Respectable bloggers will welcome the information and change their posts accordingly. It serves no one if the media watchdogs are making some of the mistakes the mainstream reporters too often do.
5. Support the bias watchers. Many people track media bias from the comfort of their own homes -- and that means they get very little, if any, pay for it. If those sites have advertising, consider supporting their sponsors -- or even hitting the cyber tip jar if one exists.
6. Challenge progressive talk radio. The Air America experiment continues despite low ratings, but the liberal radio network isn’t the only source of progressive chatter. Try calling up the local liberal talker in your town and debate him or her on media bias. Stay calm, have your facts lined up, and listen to what he or she says in response. Not every host will treat you with civility, something true on both sides of the radio spectrum, but standing your ground and being courteous on air is one way to get your message across. It also might be the first time some listeners hear the media bias argument.
7. Enlist friends and family. Here’s the diciest tip of the lot. Pointing out media bias to those closest to you can start an ideological fire fight. And that doesn’t serve anyone’s interests. Instead, bring up glaring examples with caution, pointing out the facts in the situation and letting the other person debate the matter from the media’s point of view. And be patient. It will take a while to make an impact.
The goal here isn’t to transform the media into a right-wing cheering section. It’s to ensure all the pertinent news reaches the public -- unfiltered.
Media consumers can make up their own minds from there.