Identifying and Understanding Media Bias

Media bias is often cited as one reason why people just give up on the traditional news media sources and decide that no information can be trusted. The challenge here is that once you decide that everything is to be distrusted, then everything is equally trusted.

Media bias is a real phenomenon and we shouldn’t discount it. However if we understand it and are able to diversify our information options, we can be better stewards of the public discourse.

The website allsides is a great resource that provides different perspectives on the same news stories. Below are some examples:

It’s critical to have a diverse perspective in order for us to have empathy with those whom we disagree with. This format of putting the stories next to one another is a great way to demonstrate that there really is no such thing as an unbiased news source.

Take a look at their media bias chart and see if you agree.