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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?

Gamification and the Two-Party System

Gamification and the Two-Party System

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.

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How News Media Manipulates Us

How News Media Manipulates Us

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.

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Atrocity Propaganda

Atrocity Propaganda

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?

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