Mainstream media is able to shape news stories and mould opinion, to influence policy framework and the passing of legislation at a global level. It follows that national leaders of various political colours, who are able to mobilize the media can influence what their citizens see, how they think and also determine the way they act.
In this episode we plot the rise of mass media from the early 20 century to the present day and explore the complex power relations between political & corporate elites and mass media. This leads us to the main topic of discussion which is media bias. What are the main types of media bias, what are its effects? And how exactly does it work?
In the final section we will ask, Have we lost trust in the media? Or have the boundaries of trust always been transitory? If journalists are not our guides, have they become our great mislead-ers? Or have we simply adjusted to the sensationalism and scandal-mongering of a phenomenon known as yellow journalism.