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Defining Bias #8: Lack of Transparency

Defining Bias #8: Lack of Transparency

Part eight of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #8 Lack of Transparency Failing to be open and accountable to readers. The issue of media transparency goes right to the heart of the beepest questions about journalism. Is media objectivity possible? Is there even such a thing as true objectivity?

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HonestReporting’s Top Content of 2016

We had a busy year, with media critiques, news roundups, videos, graphics, social media posts, news literacy articles, and new foreign language content monitoring Brazilian and French media. As 2016 draws to a close, here’s a look back at the top 10 pieces of content that had our growing readership buzzing. You can follow HR

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Defining Bias #7: Distortion of Facts

Part seven of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #7 Distortion of Facts Getting the facts wrong. Thanks to today’s technology, anyone from a professional journalist to an amateur passerby with a smart phone can instantly post breaking news online. But in the rush to be first, fact-checking often gets

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Defining Bias: Final Thoughts and Acknowledgements

At first glance, the news landscape doesn’t look encouraging. We sift through an endless stream of instant news updates. Yet, rather than enlighten us, the technology overloads and overwhelms us. Before we can finish digesting the latest developments, the news industry moves on to the next “big story” that may or may not demand our

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Defining Bias #6: Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions

Part six of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #6 Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions Media reports frequently use true facts to draw erroneous conclusions. Even if all the facts are accurate, it’s still possible for journalists to draw illogical conclusions. To err is human, right? Watch Haviv

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Defining Bias #5: Selective Omission

Part five of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #5 Selective Omission By choosing to report certain events over others, or withholding key details, the media controls access to information. Carelessly overlooking or excluding key facts is sloppy journalism. Cherry-picking details, at worst, is manipulative. Watch Haviv Rettig Gur of

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Defining Bias #4: Lack of Context

Part four of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #4 Lack of Context Context describes the conditions in which something happens. Without a frame of reference for readers, journalists can dramatically distort the true picture. For a newcomer to a contentious issue, context-free news is like walking into a cinema halfway

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Terror & Coexistence: Personal Thoughts on HonestReporting’s Mission to Israel

On June 9, a pair of Palestinian terrorists carrying homemade semi-automatic weapons opened fire on Israelis at the Sarona shopping center in Tel Aviv, killing four and injuring 16. Three days later a terrorist who had pledged allegiance to ISIS opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring an additional 53. When I talk to my friends

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