Recognizing Bias on the Run
Bias presents itself in all media, including the news. News is, after all, generated and consumed by individuals operating with in the larger systems of “mass media” and “the public.” Today’s students need to be armed not only with this understanding, but also with some quick indicators that alert them to information that is likely more opinion than fact.
- first person point-of-view that personalizes comments with words like “I” or We”
- superlatives, such as “always,” “never,” “must”
- belief statements that include “I believe” or “I think”
- inflammatory language designed to anger or excite.
- judgement statements that attack rather than report
- accusations that use words like “they” or “you”
- overuse of qualifying adjectives and adverbs
- solution suggestions using words like “could,” should,” “must”