Networks Skip Durbin’s “Nazi” Rant

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on June 22, 2005

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-Read the excerpt below from the June 16, 2005 "Media Reality Check" found at
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

On June 14, the second highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate likened the conduct of U.S. military guards at Guantanamo Bay — where no one has died — with “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others, that had no concern for human beings.” Two days later, ABC, CBS and NBC had yet to even mention Senator Dick Durbin’s outrageous comparison.
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1. What type of bias is the excerpt below an example of?

2. For what reason might the 3 major news networks choose not to report on Senator Durbin’s comments for at least two days?

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


1. The excerpt is an example of bias by OMISSION.

2. Opinion question.  Answers vary.  (One possible answer:  Perhaps the networks knew many Americans would be shocked and outraged by such comments from a leading Senate Democrat, and therefore hoped to downplay the incident by choosing not to report on it.)