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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?

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

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

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

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

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

Defining Bias #3: Opinions Disguised as News

Part three of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #3 Opinions Disguised as News A journalist’s job is to report facts without injecting his own opinion or interpretation of events. Reporters are entitled to their opinions, and veteran journalists have insights that can and should enrich the public’s understanding of

Defining Bias #2: Imbalanced Reporting

Part two of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #2 Imbalanced Reporting Journalism distorts news through disproportionate coverage, presenting only one side of the story, or misrepresenting fringe views as mainstream. For purposes of journalism, balance is defined as A state in which different things occur in equal or proper

Defining Bias #1: Misleading Terminology

Part one of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #1 Misleading Definitions and Terminology Prejudicing readers through language. Language is too often used to promote an agenda. The media must exercise caution when consciously choosing to adopt (or avoid) certain terms, proper nouns, or foreign words. George Orwell articulated the potential

The Eight Categories of Media Bias

Media manipulation is one of the most unfortunate aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’ve seen papers blur the distinction between journalism and advocacy, fact-checking failures become fatal, photographers and Palestinians twist reality in mutually beneficial relationships, semantics become politicized and news executives cover up news to protect access. We’ve even seen journalists abuse readers who dared to disagree. None

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