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News bias is generally defined as slanting a news story so to favor a side which has an interest in a conflict.

Accuracy in Media says:

  • Bias is defined in one study as a "perceived attribute of a news source whereby the individual news source, or the group the news source represents, has a clear vested interest in a cause or action relative to maintaining or changing the status quo… (and) a biased journalistic perspective, then, would mean only one side, not two or more sides, of an issue is presented."

Zogby says:

  • The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well – 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn’t take political sides ... [1]

Influences and manifestations

  • "The fact is, despite the journalistic ideal of "objectivity," every news story is influenced by the attitudes and background of its interviewers, writers, photographers and editors." [2]
  • ...the most common ways that bias manifests itself in the news are through word choice, omissions, the limiting of debate, framing of the story, and a biased selection and use of sources. [3]


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