Election In The Streets

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on August 30, 2006

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Directions

-Read the excerpt below from Tim Graham's Special Report posted at mrc.org on Aug. 28th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the question.

…on December 16, 2005, the House of Representatives passed a bill to curb the flow of illegal aliens and give the federal government more responsibility for detaining and deporting them. On that night, ABC, CBS, and NBC didn’t cover the vote. But when left-wing advocacy groups for illegal aliens organized large protests against the House bill in the spring…the networks suddenly…discovered the issue and gave the advocacy groups…a three-network rollout of free air time. Protest coverage, often one-sided, stood in stark contrast to polling data showing that a stricter approach to illegal immigration was broadly popular in the country.

To determine the tone and balance of network coverage of illegal aliens, Media Research Center analysts evaluated every ABC, CBS, and NBC morning, evening, and magazine show news segment on the immigration debate from the outbreak of protest coverage on March 24, 2006 through May 31, 2006. In 309 stories, analysts found the following trends emerged….

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Questions

Which two types of bias best describe the excerpt below?
NOTE: The question is not whether you support the protestors or the illegal immigrant bill, but whether the media is reporting the complete story.  The media’s job is to report all of the news.


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Answer(s)

Bias by omission and bias by story selection.