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President Trump had a news conference on February 16, 2017. During the conference, he addressed some scandals that were reported in the media recently. He also made his lack of trust in the press clear. Articles that reported on this event presented the information about it in a manner that can heavily impact the opinions of the reader. An article about Trump’s press conference that showed bias in favoring Trump’s opinions was written by Townhall (https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/02/20/president-trump-has-been-far-too-nice-to-the-mainstream-media-n2287759). On the other side of the argument, with a bias that Trump is an unfit president, was an article by The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-chaos-conference_us_58a61efae4b07602ad52f856). Both of the articles present factual information about the events that took place at the conference, but they both present the facts with heavy bias. In short, Townhall’s article and The Huffington Post’s article are equally biased and reliable because they both present the events that taken place while trying to sway the reader’s views on President Trump to match their own.
To begin, the Townhall article presented a strong republican bias that Trump’s values were always correct. To begin, diction was used in order to present Trump as a responsible figure of authority. Instead of stating the facts in a neutral manner, the author used phrases that would place a positive spin on Trumps opinions, and demonized anyone who opposed his views. The author said that the left leaning reporters whined about the republican press getting to ask questions and made the reader believe that Trump had every reason to call the press enemies by using adjectives that made the concerns of the media seem minuscule. Words such as “delusional” were used to describe the people who question Trump’s views, which created a bias that anyone who opposed Trump was uneducated. Even though it is unfair of the author to assume that all people who oppose Trump are uneducated, he uses blanket statements to push his opinion. The reader would not want to be considered a part of this uneducated. group, therefore leaning to the side supporting Trump. Another bias in this article is that it lead with comparing the press conference to the popular book and movie series, 50 Shades of Grey. After mentioning that a movie from this this popular franchise was hitting theaters, the article continued to state that “…the real festival of S&M was in the White House as President Trump unleashed his iron discipline on the media.” By starting with this comparison, the reader is influenced to place Trump in a power position over the media outlets. This comparison also makes the media appear to be weak, which sets the precedent that the media should not have power over the president. By presenting this image before any factual information about the event, the article is trying to cause the reader to see President Trump as more powerful than the media by placing the thought in their head early on. In brief, the Townhall article is not a reliable source of because it presents information while trying to mold their reader opinions to match their own.
On the other side of the political spectrum, the article from The Huffington Post had a liberal bias that influenced the impressions that the reader recieved about Trump. Firstly, the lead of the article used President Trump’s own words against him. The first lines of the article had an obvious tone of distrust in the President. Trump’s beliefs that his administration is working well are quickly shot down by him calling the reports of his contact with Russia “fake news.” This article makes Trump’s distrust in the media clear from the beginning in order to place doubt about his truthfulness into their readers’ mind. They will wonder what it is Trump is trying to hide from the media. This will cause them to doubt any statements made by Trump further in the article, therefore distrusting Trump, as the author of the article does. Similarly, the author’s diction presented Trump as an evil man. When describing the president, adjectives that negatively represented his character were presented. The information presented about this event also only showed a Trump in a negative light. It is likely that the author chose to leave out information that would present Trump in a manner contrary to his negative perception of the president. If a reader were to only read this one article, by the end, they would believe that Trump was an aggressive, unfair President, who could not accept the blame for his own wrongdoings. All in all, the article by The Huffington Post was biased and untrustworthy because it pushed its personal opinions more than it presented the facts.
Overall, both of the articles present information about the press conference that President Trump held. Townhall presented the information with a bias that Trump is an amazing president, while The Huffington Post presented a bias that people should be concerned by Trump’s presidency. Although the factual information about the event is stated in both articles, the manner in which it is presented influences the consumer of the media. Sources who report on any important event have opinions on the matters, which could impact what information they put into their articles or leave out. Because sources will often only present information that will help their stance on an event, a consumer of media should always understand that there can be information that will be left out. In order to avoid only receiving a biased, one-sided story, a consumer should always check multiple sources in order to get a full story. When more informed about the events taking place is gathered, consumers of media will be able to make a more informed opinion for themselves. In regards to the biased articles about Trump’s press conference, they are both equally unreliable because they only present information that will support their own opinions, as well as present the information in a manner that will influence the reader’s opinion.