ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Skipped ObamaCare

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on March 19, 2014

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-Read the excerpt below from Scott Whitlock's Media Research Center post.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

image1366How do the journalists at Nightline define news? On Monday night, co-host Dan Harris and reporter Mariana van Zeller spent an astonishing nine minutes and 33 seconds on the…gossipy phenomenon of “bootleg butt injections.”  

Yet, it’s been four months, since the show’s hosts have focused on ObamaCare and the problems with the law’s implementation. 

… Yes, the once-prestigious Nightline investigated why some women “are risking it all on bootleg butt injections.”

Journalist van Zeller traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, noting, “We’re looking for a doctor who runs a backroom butt clinic out of his apartment.” 

The reporter proceeded to spend almost ten minutes on butts, why women opt for larger rear ends and why men notice them. The show’s journalists attempted to attach a “serious” angle to this story, the health risks associated with excess butt surgeries and injections.

However, the lengthy story also featured repeated shots of female backsides. 

In contrast, Nightline has demonstrated little interest for the myriad problems facing ObamaCare. It was way back on November 14, 2013 that Harris discussed the “epic failures” of the health care law. On that date, he could only manage two minutes on it.

After all, ObamaCare’s impact on America doesn’t rise to the level of “bootleg butts.” 

[Nightline] … began in 1980 as a way of keeping Americans up to date on the Iranian hostage crisis…

Questions

1.  What should the purpose of news shows be?  Ask a parent for his/her input.

2.  Do you think ABC’s Nightline displays bias by story selection and omission in choosing to ignore problems with Obamacare, which affect so many Americans, in favor of stories like the one described below?  Explain your answer.

3.  ABC News Nightline is a late-night news program.  Do you think ABC should continue running Nightline with the types of topics producers run in order to get viewers, which is what makes the network money?  Explain your answer.


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