Newspapers and its importance
Nobody can deny the importance of print media. Newspapers have become an important accessory of the breakfast table. Newspapers give us information about the world around us. They keep the people in touch with the changes taking place in the world. We also develop cosmopolitan outlook because by reading newspapers we no longer think of our own town or our country rather we think of the world as a whole. The problems of the world are the problems of human beings on the whole. As a result of it, people develop a better type of outlook. In a democracy the newspapers play a very important role. They keep the people informed of the programmers and policies of the government. Similarly, they also keep the government acquainted with the feeling, desires and grievances of the people. In this way, in a democracy, newspapers play a dual role and try to bridge the gap between the government and the people.
Media and Sensationalism
Critics of media bias of all political stripes often charge the media with engaging in sensationalism in their reporting and conduct. That is, the notion that media outlets often choose to report heavily on stories with shock value or attention-grabbing names or events, rather than reporting on more pressing issues to the general public.
In the extreme case, the media would report the news if it makes a good story, without much regard for the factual accuracy or social relevance. Thus, a press release including ridiculous and false pseudoscientific claims issued by a controversial group is guaranteed a lot of media coverage.
Such stories are often perceived (rightfully, or mistakenly) as partisan or biased due to the sensational nature in which they are reported. A media piece may report on a political figure in a biased way or present one side of an issue while deriding another, or neutrally, it may simply include sensational aspects such as zealots, doomsayers and/or junk science. Complex subjects and...