A clear example of bias that I wanted to explore was found in the Fox News article entitled, “Left Battles Itself: Sanders, Warren wings face off in Ohio primary.” The article itself focuses on the gubernatorial races that are occurring in a number of states in the coming week but specifically references Ohio as that race occurs next week. The article is from Fox News, arguably considered to be the source for partisan news from the Republican party. Through my readings of Fox News for previous blog posts, I believe I have developed insight into who the reader of Fox News is and how this relates to its articles, as one of the most important thing for journalists is readership.
From the offset it was clear that there was ideological bias in the article. The article is intended for the republican market as Fox News is largely considered to be a republican news source. It was created by leading Republicans and is currently owned by Australian-American Rupert Murdoch who has in the past boasted about his connections with the Trump White House and his access specifically in relation to his weekly phone calls that he has with the President. It is undeniable the ideological bias that exists within Fox News in regards to the Republican party.
The author of the article also refers to the ties that the Republican candidate in Ohio has with President Trump. He also mentions by how many points President Trump won Ohio by in the Presidential election. This is a clear example of ideological, ownership and journalistic bias. The author of the article, journalist Joseph Weber has a history of supporting the Republican party and spreading their message as evidenced by a quick view of his previously written articles. The author whether it be subconsciously through influence of his employer, Fox News as referenced by Alex Jones in “Losing the News” where he argues that journalists are quick to support the views of their employer in the hopes of staying in their positions or through his own ideological views, there is clear bias in the article.
The bias is clear to read throughout the article. Every other line seems to be laced with some element of propaganda in favour of the Republican party, one outspoken example of this is when Weber writes that Dennis Kucinich, a democrat running for Governor of Ohio “hasn’t been elected since 2010, has taken heat for taking $20,000 for a speech before a group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad.” The negative language that is used by Weber reinforce the ideological bias that is evident throughout. The language is also very different when referring to the republican and the democratic candidates reinforcing the author’s ideological and journalistic bias.
The location of the article is also interesting on the Fox News homepage. It is located under the Editor’s pick section of the website which suggests that the editor sees it as an important story that should be made visible to the readers of Fox News.