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?
A tweet from an account purporting to be that of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok fooled many on the left, proving that liberals are not immune to confirmation bias, either. Find out what you can do to keep yourself from being fooled by bogus social media accounts.read more
Fox News has always claimed to be a “fair and balanced” media outlet, but that claim has always been untrue. As Judd Legum noted in a lengthy exposé at Popular Information, Fox “has effectively transformed into a state-run propaganda network,” and its propaganda serves to promote one man above all others: Donald Trump.read more
Since her surprise primary victory over incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become something of a media star. She’s given quite a few interviews, but the Washington Post fact-checked statements she made and found that some of them were not true.read more
On July 31, 2018, Facebook announced that it had identified a political influence campaign that was likely designed to sway the midterm elections. The social media giant detected and removed a total of 32 fake accounts and pages that had engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”read more
Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump about potential obstruction of justice in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, the president’s legal team is doing its best to delay and narrow the scope of the questioning.read more
The truth is, Sanders neither wanted nor sought any endorsements from anyone involved in what is known as “Bolivarian socialism”—a system that uses wealth confiscation and state seizure of private property in pursuit of a socialist state modeled on Fidel Castro’s Cuba.read more
According to the Brookings Institution, a mere 22 percent of progressive candidates have won their primaries so far. With only 19 states left to hold their primaries, leading Democrats are working hard to garner last-minute support.read more
On July 25, 2018, YouTube pulled down four videos by Infowars, a website run by ultra-right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. A day later, Facebook followed suit, pulling down three videos that had been recently published and one that had been flagged a month before.read more
There was something missing from the White House’s official video of the press conference between Presidents Trump and Putin after the Helsinki summit. It may have been just a glitch, but the missing question was about whether Putin favored Trump in the 2016 election. Interesting.read more
Beck Dorey-Stein loved working for the White House as a stenographer—a job she’d held for six years. But she recently decided to resign. “I couldn’t be proud of where I worked anymore,” she wrote, because President Trump was “not even trying to tell the truth” to the American people.read more