Spot Media Bias
When trying to spot bias, ask yourself these questions:
1. What kind of information is it?
News? Opinion? Ad? Does it appeal to your emotions or does it make you think?
2. Who and what are the sources cited and why should you believe them?
Is the source given? Is the source associated with a political party or special interest group?
3. What’s the evidence and how was it vetted?
What’s the evidence and how was it vetted? Is the source a document? Witness? Or is it hearsay/speculation?
4: Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?
Did the sources provided justify the conclusion or main point of the story?
5. What’s missing?
Was there an aspect or point that was not covered or unclear that you are left wondering about?
Based on American Press Institute.
Bias Example: Travel Ban
These three news sources represent conservative (Human Events), liberal (MSNBC) and centrist (PBS NewsHour) stories on President Trump's travel ban.
You Might Like
- Last Updated Apr 1, 2017
Fake news is not new, but it's never been so pervasive or harder to spot. Find out how to spot fake news.
2,371 views this year
- Last Updated Feb 23, 2017
Everyone has bias, including the media. Find out which way your news leans, what confirmation bias is, how to spot bias, and get examples of bias.
576 views this year
- Last Updated Feb 22, 2017
Get current or historical news from COM Library databases and open access resources.
4 views this year