BY AZARIA HOWELL
If you’re a follower of US politics, you’ve probably seen a mountain of news articles about the recent Mueller Report pop up on your timeline recently. The report, years in the making, was recently released to members of the United States Judiciary regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election. With some sources claiming the report is President Trump’s ticket to prison, and another claiming it to be a completely fabricated document that wasted over $25 million, it’s hard to know the truth when the media is becoming more divisive and opinionated by the second.
Fox News, a prominent right-wing broadcaster, seems to believe that history repeats itself regarding the report. With the title of the famous sonnet “Much Ado About Nothing” becoming a prominent theme in the media, after, according to Fox News, the report contains no sustenance, yet the Democratic party are apparently claiming that the document could land Trump in jail.
The broadcaster was quick to defend the President, quoting his Twitter, which claimed that the Democrats reaction to the report could harm their chances in the upcoming Presidential election. “Despite No Collusion, No Obstruction, The Radical Left Democrats do not want to go on to Legislate for the good of the people, but only to Investigate and waste time. This is costing our Country greatly, and will cost the Dems big time in 2020!”
Fox News and all other multimedia companies are protected under constitutional law and the Bill of Rights, which allows freedom of the press. This freedom can be dangerous, however, as news in the United States is becoming more divisive than ever, and opinions are often stated as impartial facts.
It is important that we take each word regarding the report with a grain of salt as journalists have not seen the entire document and a significant portion is redacted.
Whilst Fox News is claiming that we cannot throw President Trump behind bars, whether metaphorically or not, we shouldn’t necessarily treat their biased words as gospel. Why? Because commercial media relies on division, argument, and in some cases, fabrication, to gain clicks on a story, we can never truly take their claims at face value.
There are both sides to the commercial media coin. Atlanta-based, globally recognised broadcaster CNN has at times gained a seal of disapproval on their news regarding the Mueller report, for allegedly showing left-wing anti-Trump bias. The report has been described by CNN journalists as definitive proof –“Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.”
After reading these headlines, we shouldn’t necessarily resort to signing petitions calling for the President’s impeachment, nor should we be perceiving him as a symbol of unconditional innocence.
Since CNN also rely on monetary gain to stay afloat, we should, as a society, learn to take media regarding the report with a grain of salt- probably more than just one. As well as dividing public opinion on President Trump even further in the United States, the Mueller Report has painted a picture to the general public of a problem many weren’t aware of – media bias.
Whether or not the Mueller Report should be Trump’s saving grace or an entry ticket to the nearest prison should be up to the individual to decide. It is becoming more and more evident that media can thrive off division, and capitalise on deceit. In response, we should recognize this bias, and read every headline critically.
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AZARIA HOWELL is a huge politics nerd living in Christchurch. Expect lots of new political articles on Tearaway from her! She also loves snowboarding, Beagles, and wearing clunky boots.
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