Media Bias

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Media bias has been with us forever. This is because journalists report on people and events from their own perspectives. They include some facts and leave out others. They use certain words and don't use others. They strive for objectivity, but a subjective perspective is inevitable.

In a perfect world, everyone would be able to state their case, all facts would be considered equally. But obviously not everyone can be quoted and all facts can't be considered equally. Certain facts are given more weight than others, and reporters have to make those valuations. Their valuations sometimes differ from the valuations of their news audiences, giving rise to claims of bias.

The subjective viewpoint of this Web site is that one of the easiest ways to eliminate the appearance of bias in news reporting is to avoid, as much as possible, the use of political labels. It helps if journalists are fair and accurate, but at the very least they should shun political labels, unless they are sourced.

Several organizations have emerged to address the issue of media bias — from their own perspective, of course. Links to their Web sites are provided here:

Media bias monitors