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?
After public outcry, and even Congressional investigation, of how the spread of fake news influenced the 2016 election, you’d think that the poison of false news has more or less been excised. But you’d be wrong. Fake news producers have only gotten smarter about spreading propaganda.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
Jordan Peterson, a well-respected figure within the alt-right movement, claims that liberals are seeking equality of outcome. This is, of course, is a myth. It is being perpetuated by the alt-right as means to smear the progressive movement.read more
Researchers examined 3,446 participants and found that those who were more analytical in their thinking process were less prone to believe fake news headlines than those who weren’t as analytical, regardless of political affiliation.read more
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a report siding with U.S. intelligence officials rather than President Trump regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. They did so when it was almost guaranteed not to be noticed.read more
Conservatives have long accused colleges of fostering a politically correct environment in which students feel the need to censor themselves. But is there any truth to that claim? Yes, according to a new poll conducted by the Harvard Crimson.read more
News coverage of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border has awakened a fiery debate about media bias. Some believe that images and audio recordings of crying children are being used as political leverage.read more
Some may have been surprised by President Trump’s behavior after the G7 conference. But if you observed how he’s acted on the campaign trail and in office, and if you read “The Art of the Deal,” you already knew about the “negotiation style” he brought to the White House.read more