Exploring media bias
To continue my series on media bias, I will be discussing the Right to Try Act that I mentioned last week. What is the Right to Try Act? It is the law that states that if a patient is terminally ill, they can request drugs that could save their lives. If it is last resort, he or she can request a drug that has not been tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Right to Try Act was signed by President Trump, and he expects it to save thousands of patients from death.
“Today I am proud to keep another promise to the American people as I sign the Right to Try legislation into law,” Trump said in May when he signed the Right to Try Act of 2017 into law this year. “We’re going to be saving tremendous numbers of lives” (Fox News). “But Democrats have been critical of the legislation, saying it would “peddle false hope” and place patients at risk,” as stated in the article by CNN.
I personally feel this is a great law, and I am grateful that President Trump signed this bill into law. I feel that many Americans will benefit from this legislation and that it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I feel this could have been an issue that CNN and Fox News could agree on, but after reading each article, I find that, though there are similar statements in each article, CNN shortens it as if the issue is of less importance. I feel the shorter article is just liberal CNN’s way of saying that there is little benefit and because it is the conservative agenda, Democrats should not support it. The “Right to Try Act” is monumental in this country, and 40 states have already passed their own state “Right to Try Acts.” I am very glad and support that our nation has finally adopted it as a federal law. I believe, as Trump suggests, that it will save thousands of lives or at least help them live longer. My next media bias series article will be on the immigration issue. Because immigration is so highly debated right now, I will just say how both news outlets report it and what I think should be done to come to an equal agreement. I feel that Democrats and Republicans can work together on all issues, and immigration is where they should start and adopt a plan of action.