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Bias in the media

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An introduction to Bias in the Media and how it shapes our attitudes.

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Bias in the media

  1. 1. Bias in the Media Some Definitions and Some Photos
  2. 2. Bias by Omission For every news story that is selected, there are many others that are left out. Do the news stories you see show a balanced view of real life? What are the characteristics they have in common?
  3. 3. Bias by Emphasis • What stories are on the front page or “at the top of the hour?” Which stories get the largest headlines, or the first and longest coverage on TV or radio? Consider how this placement influences people’s sense of what is important.
  4. 4. Bias by use of language • The use of labels such as “terrorist,” “revolutionary,” or “freedom fighter” can create completely different impressions of the same person or event. (ask your parents if they do)
  5. 5. Bias in photos • Unflattering pictures can create bad impressions, and partial pictures of scenes can completely change the context of an event.
  6. 6. Bias by headlines • Some headlines can be deceptive, as their main purpose is to grab attention. Many people read only the headlines, which can create a distorted sense of what is really going on, or turn a non-event into a sensational event.
  7. 7. Bias in numbers and statistics • Statistics need to be interpreted; they are often used to create false impressions. • The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup 13 times - however, the team has not won one since 1967.
  8. 8. References Cited www.cagle.com nuweb.neu.edu/dakennedy/Media %20bias%20Ethics%20Sp08.ppt