-Read the excerpt below from Mark Finkelstein posted at on Jan. 7.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

Which is more alarming? 

  1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear ambitions; his flouting of the recent unanimous UN Security Council resolution to stop his march toward acquiring nuclear weapons; his repeated vows to wipe Israel off the map and his various threats to the US, including at least one to achieve “a world without America”? OR
  2. Israel’s possible plans to defend itself and eliminate Iran’s nuclear program? 

If you’re NBC, the choice is clear: the answer is #2. Consider the editorializing that crept in the news item NBC’s Amy Rohbach “news” item on January 7th “Today.”:

An alarming report in a British newspaper says Israel is plotting a nuclear attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities. Now, the report cannot be independently confirmed. In response, Iran’s foreign minister today called Israel ‘the main menace to global peace and promises to retaliate if attacked.'”

View video here.

Granted, the possible use of nuclear weapons, even the small, tactical ones described in the Times [UK] article, could seriously raise the international stakes. But while NBC views Israel’s possible use of nuclear weapons as “alarming,” it blithely passes along Iran’s vow to retaliate and its branding of Israel as the world’s biggest “menace.”

Fair and balanced?

Go to for the complete report.

Identifying Media Bias

To accurately identify different types of bias, you should be aware of the issues of the day, and the liberal and conservative perspectives on each issue.

Types of Media Bias:


What do you think about NBC’s report?

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


Opinion question.  Answers vary.