Election day is almost here. I turned 18 a few weeks before the 2008 election and I’m sure a lot of people remember the Vote or Die Campaign flooding youth programs in 2008. It could be the fact that I watch less TV, but I feel as if this campaign the need for the youth vote has not been publicized as much. This article talks about how the fire has been dwindling in youth voters for the past four years. The article claims it is due to lack of employment and overpowering debt that many young adults face today. Another article, written for a smaller audience, highlights the statistical evidence of Obama’s loss of youth voters.
In such a critical time in the Presidential campaign, I would argue that journalists have an even bigger responsibility to remain unbiased. Read this article from the FoxNews website that was written by the New York Post and watch Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. Both pieces speak of the youth vote, but take different approaches in their conversation of the candidates. If it helps your response FoxNews is generally known as a conservative news source and CNN mainly remains moderate.
After reading and watching these pieces, how do you think the journalists did in conveying facts and information in an unbias way? Does one article do a better job than another? What tools; for example quotes, expert opinions, or using people from both sides in their stories, do the different journalists use that help them stay moderate or create bias? As a youth voter where do you turn to for your news? Lastly, campaigns are notorious for creating controversy and splitting people into two categories, do journalists have a responsibility to stand in the middle, or is the election a rare time that political views are allowed to leak into reporting?