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Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on February 22, 2012

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-Read the excerpt below from the "Best of the Web" post by OpinionJournal.com's editor James Taranto.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the question.

From a post by OpinionJournal.com’s editor James Taranto (original post date 2/21/12):

Wow, the Associated Press has outdone itself. Check out the latest “fact check” by Calvin Woodward and Tom Krisher:

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE NEWT GINGRICH WROTE: “Having become deeply involved in GM’s operation, the federal government has a vested interest in the company’s success. So what is stopping it from requiring all Americans–under threat of penalty–to buy a GM car?”–from his book “A Nation Like No Other,” published last summer.

THE FACTS: This is called Newt being Newt.

There was a time when one could describe the AP’s work as “news being news.”

Questions

Fact-check is defined as: to verify the factual accuracy of

1. Regardless of your opinion of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, do you think his statement below contained facts that needed to be checked?  Explain your answer.

2. Why do you think the Associated Press (AP) reporters chose to call this a fact check, but then did not check any facts?


Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.
























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