Bell-ringer Respond in writing to the following prompt: • A fight between two girls broke out in the hallway last period. The principal asked those who witnessed the fight to report what happened. • The witnesses included: • the best friend of one of the students who fought, • a sister of the other student, • a teacher who knows both students, • a teacher who does not know either student, • a student who was just walking by halfway through the fight, and • a student who was in the hallway when the fight broke out. • How might the witnesses’ reports differ? Why?
Definitions bias: to show a preference for a certain issue or position perspective: point of view objective: the ability to describe an issue or event without expressing an opinion or taking sides subjective: one’s personal interpretation of events propaganda: often false or misleading information used to promote a person, institution, or organization
Investigating the News • Find one example of media bias in a broadcast and/or print new source. (While Outfoxed examined media bias in broadcast news, many print news organizations use similar tactics.) • Pick a news source other than Fox News. • Identify the news source • Describe the bias technique • Explain what messages might be missing