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Bias Notes. Bias Rule. Definition: Favoring one side, position, or belief – being partial, prejudiced Rule: EVERYTHING IS BIASED. What is biased language and what is not ? Not biased, just an objective observation   Frank spends very little mone y. Biased favorably:  

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bias rule
Bias Rule
  • Definition: Favoring one side, position, or belief – being partial, prejudiced
  • Rule: EVERYTHING IS BIASED
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What is biasedlanguage and what is not?

Not biased, just an objective observation

  Frank spends very little money.

Biased favorably:  

Frank is thrifty.

Biased unfavorably:  

Frank is  a cheapskate.

examples
Examples

Consider these two sentences in a news story:

1. “A crowd of more than 900 attended the protest.”

2. “Fewer than 1,000 showed up to protest.”

How could you say this in a neutral (unbiased) way?

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how to detect bias in the news
How to Detect Bias in the News
  • Every news story is affected by:

thoughts

opinions

background

of these people:

interviewer

reporter

photographer

editor