How do you avoid the media bias?
It is no longer a news that the media is not to be trusted blindly. With exclusives and breaking news being part of the competition to raise the TRP, should we, as common man, be searching different channels and papers to get a fair view of happenings around the world? Read on.
"Most Civil Service enthusiasts nowadays have started to read newspapers and watch national and international news channels. But all there efforts are totally going in vain when they come to the interviews. Unlike the olden days, the media now are highly biased and tend to distort statistics and news in such a manner so as to get maximum points. So go ahead, read multiple newspapers, not just one, to get a unbiased view. Also make sure to stay away from the articles on frivolous comments a politician made on another etc, which are bound to take your time"
This was what an IPS officer said to me a few years back, when I had the privilege to meet him.
I do agree on the fact that there is surely a media bias and that paid articles do exist. But how do you ascertain which comments made by whom are frivolous or not? Many internal movements and events within the political arena give a lot of indications about the future political decisions. On the other hand, many news that are being discussed quite vigorously in print and prime time debates seems trivial to a non-political enthusiast.
So, How do you filter out the correct information from this cobweb? How do you avoid being influenced by the media bias?