Bias in the media.

The fact is, every news story is influenced by the attitudes and background of its interviewers, writers, photographers and editors. An editor reveals bias by choosing to use or not to use a specific news item. Bias through omission is difficult to detect because you need to compare news reports from a wide variety of outlets, to be able to understand it.

Bias through placement, where the most important stories are first or in the case of a newspaper, on the front page, can also influence what a reader or viewer thinks.

Headlines are the most-read part of a paper and they can also summarize as well as present carefully hidden bias and prejudices, as was the case here.

Bias can also be expressed by choosing photos, captions or camera angles that flatter a person or make the person look unpleasant

Bias through labels like calling a person a "terrorist" or a "freedom fighter" is also an indication of editorial bias.

Bias through statistics, exaggeration or media messages that fit pre-existing views further imperils objective reporting.


 
 
 

 
 

 
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