ABC’s Gibson Scolds Americans for Excessive Per Person Oil Use

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on August 24, 2005

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-Read the excerpt below from the Aug. 23 "CyberAlert" found at MediaResearchCenter. org.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

ABC’s Charles Gibson on Monday night tried to make World New Tonight viewers feel guilty about all the oil Americans consume as he compared per person U.S. daily consumption unfavorably with less consumption in Japan and Britain. Left unmentioned by Gibson: How the U.S. as larger geographically must use more fuel for shipping, transportation and travel, as well as all the energy consumption required in the U.S. for products we export, such as in agriculture.

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Questions

Which type of bias best describes the excerpt below?


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Answer(s)

omission – leaving out facts that would disprove his report. In this case, he leaves out the reasons for the U.S.’s greater oil consumption