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Uncovering media bias

How can you get to the facts about current events when different media outlets report from differing perspectives? Tarja Moles explains how to see though media bias


Bias can be understood as a partiality or preference toward a particular point of view over another. We all have biases – that’s merely part of being a human. However, we need to be aware of our own and other people’s biases when we’re doing research, and indeed as we live our daily lives in general. The media are constantly bombarding us with news and other information, and these – whether explicitly or implicitly – affect our opinions, decisions and actions. When you’re engaging with news stories, it’s important to remain critical so that you can decide for yourself what you want to think. Here are some media biases to look out for:

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