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Do you think the press play a role in misleading the public?

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I don't buy papers or watch the news .. I don't want all that negativity and bias in my home. Papers are owned by people with their own political agenda
Yes, it very much does.

A good example at the moment is the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. We always hear about what the Israeli's do but don't seem to see the rickets being fired on Israel constantly.

The press definitely misleads the public in many of it's reporting -trouble is, many of us do not realise this!

It is hard to work out fiction which sells stories from REAL fact in the press.
by Finy
A recent classic case was when a Hamas missile misfired outside a Palestinian school. The first report was that Israel had bombed a school. Eventually the truth arrived that Hamas was trying to send the missile from the school in order to provoke a response from Israel and gain media support.
Lucky the truth came out that it was Humus who blew up the school when its own evil plan backfired. The press controls the minds of the people and can impact on the outcome of war. It is too powerful and needs to be managed.

by kstew
Absolutely! They are very bias and only report what they want you to believe.
Of course media does. Most media needs to generate profit, and if they are able persuade readers to follow the media organisation owner's ideology, then so be it.

If one doesn't like what the media does, then one can always start/form a media organisation.
The press will often tell one side of a story with disregard for the other version of events just to sell a story. The press has been responsible for making certain things seem worse than they are and for other stories that are vitally important, covering up events.
I rarely believe what I read these days.

In a word.........YES!
Yes I believe it does, big time....
by Fran
by AJ
Oh yeah! Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
The sad answer is yes.
by Vee
Yes sadly, it's best to keep an open mind when reading the press
YES, particularly in Australia
Facebook articles are a good example from the Herald Sun in melbourne. They'll have the juicy headline and a picture, then people have to pay for digital access to read the article, with comments reflecting this frustration. And from those who have read it, are things like 'stop bending the truth/exaggerating just to get readers'.
The press is all about selling advertising space. This requires it to get circulation in order to sell the space. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story is the motto. For a large period in my life I did not watch T.V or read the press. During this time I was very prosperous and happy because I managed my own thoughts and actions. Writing this has made me think about what has changed and what I should do about it.
I never buy papers or magazines. I will browse through them at the hairdressers. Magazines seem to specialise in headlines that are totally untrue. They say things like 'Princess Mary's adoption shock', but the story says Someone who knew Mary once thinks she loves children and wouldn't be surprised if she thought about adopting some day. It disgusts me. The only way to express our disapproval is to never buy them.

When I was a child I clearly heard my parents teach me not to believe all I saw on TV or read in the papers as money and greed for more of the stuff seemed to the real player in what is presented to the public!!! I must say that I hate watching the news on TV,though when I do so,it is always SBS or ABC which I watch.The commercial stations with their ads and obvious political backing drive me to enough distraction that I turn the TV off!!! The press/media have a hell of a lot to answer(and apologise) for as far as I am concerned!
They do. I wanted to be a journalist until I discovered articles had to be written with an agenda. It isn't that facts are distorted so much as they are sometimes omitted that seems to be the problem. That way it's hard to get a balanced view of a situation.
No doubt it does mislead people
Definitely. They want to sensationalise everything just to get a headline. What they don't care about is that this can affect peoples lives & livelihoods. Especially when there may be a conflict of some sort in a country. I work for a Thai company and when they reported on the recent coup in Thailand, you would have thought the country was at war the way they carried on. People who were already there said there was really no issue. Result? People stopped travelling there & this has ended up affecting their tourism industry big time & people's livelihoods. This is just one example of many. They always have their own agenda. Totally irresponsible! Whatever happened to unbiased reporting?
It is financially manipulated by personal and marketing bias.
It is financially manipulated by personal and marketing bias.
Yes - particularly anything with the Murdoch name attached to it, be it newspapers or cable tv - absolutely appalling. There are so many gullible people out there who believe anything his news media puts out.
Definitely yes. Often the misleading is done on purpose because of the press's agenda. Sometimes an event is sensationalised to get more people to buy the paper/magazine. At times the reporter was in a hurry and didn't get the facts straight. Parts of the story are left out because there isn't space for the whole story. People who are interviewed may be under a great deal of stress and give a distorted version of what happened or they have forgotten relevant parts. The questions they are asked may be worded in a particular way to get the answer the media wants.

Sometimes the public isn't open to hearing the full story so the media provide what they think the public want to hear. The negative and shocking events are reported while the positive receives much less coverage. I mean who is going to bother to buy a newspaper with the headline, 'Thousands of people had safe uneventful flights today'? We expect our news to be full of natural disasters, war, terrorists attacks, all forms of abuse and so on.

Sadly yes, either through exaggeration or at times blatant misleading information.
It helps sell papers I suppose.

There are good "Journo's" out there and they do tell it as it is.
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