09 March 2017
Editor’s note: This letter references a Jan. 12 editor’s note called “Popular or not, we print the news.”
Misconceptions in news media
More than half of people, reported from a national survey, named the media their primary source of news on crime. It is often hard to point out which media sources are reporting true, unbiased news. Our local newspaper, the Fluvanna Review, has done a good job at not showing favoritism in its coverage of news stories.
Sensitivity to certain news, especially in a small town like ours, is bound to happen, but it is important to keep in mind the fairness being displayed. Whether it is a community-favored individual or a topic that may upset a political view, there is a right to report all news and crime and a responsibility of the press to the community that these stories are being covered without bias.Television news reporting on crime can often display suspects differently; for example, by positively or negatively portraying one race over the other. Regardless of what reality is, the media can choose what your perception of reality is. It is important to understand that the news media often times has filters, which chooses to tell a filtered portion of a story. Having a reliable, honest, and fair source of news and factually correct source of crime information is hard to find. Luckily, the staff and editor of our local newspaper have done a good job, and personally stated, how they show no bias in the news they cover. Add a comment