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Political History Made in Mid-Terms
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Political history was made during this year’s mid-term elections. Two of those making political history are Tim Scott and Mia Love.
Tim Scott is the first African American to be elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. Tim Scott is the new Republican senator from South Carolina. Mia love is the first African American Republican woman to serve in the House of Representatives. When I finally had time to watch television this week it was the morning of November eighth.
The first program I watched was ‘Fox and Friends’ at 8 a. m. CST. The story being discussed was titled; ‘NAACP doesn’t acknowledge minority GOP wins.’ I was taken aback by this statement. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), not singing the praises of these outstanding individuals? It did not make sense. Well the host stated that the President and CEO of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks, made a written statement; “This election was not about who won but the [sic] rather the citizens who lost the right to participate” (FOX News Corp., 2014). Raffi Williams, who was the guest, was talking about the role of the NAACP, and that he too was shocked that this organization would not hold these two individuals up as heroes in the African American community. At 8:17 a.m. CST I turned to ABC News to see what they had to say.
The ABC News host was speaking about the new GOP members of the House of Representative and Congress, but not one single word about the statement made by Cornell Brooks. Instead they were discussing the trouble that the new ultra conservative African American members of the GOP would cause the Speaker of the House.

The host mentioned; “In North Carolina, Mark Walker is a pastor who suggested using fighter jets to deal with illegal immigration. He says his comments were taken out of context and that he was talking about a way to oppose drug cartels” (ABC News, 2014). I waited for some time to find out if ABC would mention the statement from the President of the NAACP, but it was not mentioned.
I am aware that FOX News leans Republican and that ABC News leans Democrat. Or a better explanation could be to say that one represents the Liberal view and the other the Conservative view. That is the bias of the owners of these news organizations and it is reflected in the way they present all news stories. This is why I watch more than one news channel; I want to glean as much of the truth as I can.
Because the news media outlets are owned by individuals with set opinions and views regarding politics; the news and opinions on these shows lean towards the owner’s views. Both of the programs I watched did present facts. Both correctly quoted the sources. I did NAACP web-site and FOX News did quote him correctly in part. The NAACP web-site had the same quote. The quote ABC used was repeated on several web-sites, but I was unable to find a definite source to verify that Mark Walker made the statement.
That is the problem we encounter regularly; are we getting all the facts from the news. My research proved to me that FOX News was more creditable. I was able to verify their source, I was not able to verify ABC’s.

Bibliography

ABC News. (2014). GOP boast diversity. Political News. Retrieved November 8, 2014
FOX News Corp. (2014). NAACP doesn't acknowledge minority GOP wins. Television News. Retrieved November 8, 2014

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