Presidential Powers and the Media

It’s interesting to see how the media portrays presidential actions regarding war powers depending on what side of the political spectrum they fall on. For example, this article cites a Fox News Analyst (Andrew Napolitano) who criticized President Obama for seeking Congressional authorization on Libya once he started asking for the authorization, yet criticized Obama for not seeking Congressional authorization before he asked for the authorization on the issue. It’s especially interesting when one thinks about the audiences who only focus on news from one side of the political spectrum and not the other, and how incomplete that education is about that issue.

This is why it’s especially important to develop your own research skills– the media is bias, and only getting news from one source definitely makes the information acquired incomplete. Alternatively, acquiring information from several different sources (from both sides of the political spectrum) would hedge back against a lot of the media bias along these issues, although probably not all of it. Bottom line is to take things the media says (especially in terms of war powers and the drone program) with a grain of salt, especially if it’s only from one news organization.

 

Edit– This article is also an excellent example of this topic.

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