Newspapers bias -What would you do?

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Italy
March 5, 2008 11:26am CST
What would you do if your favourite newspaper was extreeemely biased against your favourite candidate on the US elections? Here in Italy everyone is involved too in the US elections. My favourite newspaper, Repubblica, is so biased pro Barack Obama it hurts. Description of Obama in the website: "[...]handsome and charismatic outsider, he conquers young people, less young and hesitant voters. He's the candidate of the change ...[...]" Description of Hillary "ex first lady[...] she has a great organizative machine, but a lot of people think she's cold and shrewd" But they reached the worse today, with Hillary's victory. The basically cried over the poor Obama who losed against the "Pitbull" Hillary. WTF? This is a newspaper for left wing supporters (who like the US democrats) but there are pro Hillary and pro Obama supporters in equal measure, it's unfair to voice the opinion only of one side. I'm thinking on writing a letter to Repubblica, but I've fear it wouldn't be written, or worse they could twist my words.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
6 Mar 08
It is a common phenomenon when two(2) or more parties involved in general election. Each party will take full blast to pull string and placing 'nerve war' to the public/people through electronic and printed media. The appropriate media channel for them to gang up with their supporters in looking and regaining new supporters. It is not a free task in doing that such way. They shoulder the costs on their own to brags candidate's reputation, especially to tout voters. Back to your subject of discussion for; Newspapers bias -What would you do? I will read all newspapers to catch up more propaganda established by all parties, at least I can learn more about how to create a strategic 'nerve war' in winning the political battle field. My personal opinion, I wanna Barack Obama to be a US President. People know who is behind Hilary? She is amanuensis to all ex-presidents. US President must comes from new breed in politics, as veteran could no longer use their same mind to rule US. That is my personal opinion.
• Italy
6 Mar 08
I think it's normal for this to happen, but foreign newspapers should not take one side. They can't affect the opinion of americans so it's pointless and they are not respecting their readers. Even if it's not the topic of the discussion, I beg to differ from your ideas of Obama and Hillary but I'm glad you worded your preference in an intelligent way. I'm tired of people who say Hillary is mean/a witch/shrewd.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
6 Mar 08
When we talk about politics, actually, our mind must be in that world. It just like you are in the music world. The noises came out from the instruments are the amusement notes after it has been well arranged, so called as 'music arrangement'. Let say for THE BEST ITALIAN SONG - Io vivo per Lei;- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et4ucvU1dkI Same thing in politics, US need an international political business support, at least for FDI(Foreign Direct Investment) through NYSE(New York Stock Exchange). Where foreign registered account holder at NYSE will participate in transacting their share/stock broking transactions at NYSE. That is the main reason, why they fully utilized the benefits or perquisite from international media participation. This is politics world, Rowena. It is not the fundamental mathematics world, where, 1 + 1 = 2. In politics world of calculation, 1 + 1 can be 10 (binary system). So, any bad reputation on Hilary also can change within split second as 'sympathy votes'. As I said, this is political world and its own life. Where friends could be enemy and vice-versa, a blink of an eye. In politics, reputation; either good or bad; is much highly needed. Anyway, thanks for sharing your friednship with me by marking my response as BR(Best Response). I appreciate it so much and may peace, faith, love and hope be upon you and be yours. Thanks, Rowena.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I to believe that newspapers should be unbiased and just report the news. However, in the US, it is not uncommon for a newspaper to back a certain candidate. The NY Times has come out in favor of Obama. The whole freedom of speech thing let's them do what they want. I don't know how it goes in Italy. In my town the newspaper is extremely republican. I just don't buy it or read it. In your case, perhaps write an editorial. Send a letter to the editor. I think that would be the best
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• Italy
6 Mar 08
Yes, here too there's the Italian elections and some newspapers support a candidate, some another one. I think it's normal also because they know that people who are reading ex Repubblica hate Berlusconi and support Veltroni, but with the American elections they should be impartial for respect of their readers who could support Hillary or Obama
@gantwick (849)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I grew up in Oklahoma City, which has an extremely conservative newspaper. Democrats (candidates as well as politicians) get mentioned in only negative tones, and Republicans apparently can do no wrong. Fortunately, that's not the case where I live now. Stillwater is a university town, and the local newspaper has a fairly even blend of conservative and liberal writers and readers. I think they try to focus more on what good things a candidate will try to accomplish, rather than trash-talk a candidate, in order for another one to look good be comparison. BTW - I think you're going to hit 500 posts today. Congratulations, even if it's a bit early. :)
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• Italy
5 Mar 08
You are lucky if you can read a newspaper not biased For the 500, thanks I hope so I was really busy and with the connection down :(
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
19 Mar 08
News... WHEREVER it comes from is biased. We have papers here that are traditionally conservative and some that are largely biased towards the left-wing democrats. There are two things that should happen. 1. the paper should take a stance on who it likes as a candidate and then go from there. 2. the paper should report the facts as they are and then any commentary on how they JUDGE the facts should be reported as such. Thanks and glad to know it's not just the US & UK who have biased papers. Zelo
@chris1314 (787)
6 Mar 08
Round where I live, most of the newspapers are good, and tell it how it is, they arnt really biased, there are the odd couple which are slightly against something, but most of the time the storys are writen by different people, so its unlikely that every writer will be biased the same way :/ chris
@Taskr36 (13924)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Unfortunately newspapers are written by people and will inevitable have some bias, some are just worse than others. I've grown accustomed to seeing papers that are biased against republicans, but naturally, there are in some areas papers biased against democrats. The media is EXTREMELY biased when it comes to Obama. He can do no wrong as far as the media is concerned. You'll rarely see a word mentioned about his association with Jeremiah Wright, a racist who supports Louis Farrakhan and constantly talks about how evil "white America" is. If Clinton or McCain associated with someone like that, it would be the headline of every paper.
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
5 Mar 08
sorry i dont r3ead a newspaper there are more lie........sometimes the newspaper of my city, today are present one me letter......of director bye myryam