News Media Bias
Myth: A sizeable number of Americans believe that news media have a liberal bias.
Fact: When you believe things that aren’t true, the truth sounds like bias.
We have not only a right, but a responsibility to be wary of biased news media. But healthy skepticism has been transmuted into the widely-held belief that mainstream news media have an obvious liberal bias and a mission to spread left-wing propaganda. Even popular culture icons from Hollywood to the NFL are commonly thought to despise America and contribute to that bias.
Where does credibility end and sensationalism begin when it comes to the news? Are opinion pieces the new fact-based reporting? And how can we tell the difference?
The media seems to treat political coverage more like sports coverage, up to and including “March Madness”-style brackets leading up to elections. This encourages an us-versus-them mentality, further polarizing the country, and influences people to vote based on personalities rather than policies.read more
You’re probably being manipulated by media bias, whether you know it or not, and no matter where on the political spectrum you lie. The only way we can stop media bias from affecting us is by examining our own cognitive biases and being willing to look beyond them.read more
Atrocity propaganda is a term used to describe the spreading of exaggerations and disinformation about crimes committed by an enemy. It’s bad enough in that context, but it’s especially troubling that the right and the left are both using this tool against each other. Can we ever be a nation united again?read more
There has been, and continues to be, a lot of talk about the phenomenon of fake news and how it affected the 2016 election. But is fake news really that big a problem, and does it have the effect on politics that pundits think it does? Signs point to yes.read more
As the heat of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election gets closer and closer to the White House, President Trump has gone from complete denial to a grudging “I never said it didn’t happen.” How much more evidence needs to be presented before Trump voters shift their tone?read more
Depending on who you talk to, the Black Lives Matter movement is either an extension of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s or a bunch of “wild animals” and “thugs” intent on destroying things. The difference? It seems to depend largely on the media outlet covering the protests.read more
Heard the phrase “fake news” lately? We thought so. Us, too. And… it’s getting old. But we have to talk about it because both the right and the left are spreading it. There’s a simple test you can use to determine if a story you’re reading is fake news.read more
A long-time rallying cry on the right has been that the news media has a liberal bias. This allows them to discredit any facts reported by the mainstream media by saying it’s propaganda promulgated by the “liberal media.” In fact, according to a 2017 Gallup poll, 62...read more
On Tuesday, January 9, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) dropped a bombshell on the American public: she unilaterally released the full transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s interview with Glenn R. Simpson of Fusion GPS, the firm that produced a dossier in...read more
In the state of Maine, a relatively unknown website shared a leaked email from Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin, alleging that he called the residents of the city “a bunch of racists.” To be fair, the email did include a comment about a day of canvassing in which...read more