News for the connected generation?
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:

Questions

Read the following information about “Human Rights in Qatar”:

  • The monarch-appointed government of Qatar prohibits organized political parties and restricts civil liberties, including freedoms of speech, press, and assembly.
  • Legal, institutional, and cultural discrimination against women limits their participation in society.
  • Other continuing human rights concerns include restrictions on the freedoms of religion and movement, as foreign laborers could not freely travel abroad.
  • Trafficking in persons, primarily in the domestic worker and labor sectors, are a significant problem.
    (from a 2014 U.S. State Department Human Rights report on Qatar)

Honest Reporting’s Daniel Pomerantz asserts: “AJ+ isn’t a news source. It’s government-owned propaganda published by the rulers of a Middle Eastern dictatorship.”

CAMERA on Campus, whose aim is “to bring to light inaccuracies spread about Israel on the campus and across the world,” wrote of AJ+:

AJ+ has a liberal, global-friendly cover. The problem with AJ+ is that it is not clear – it claims to be an altruistic social media source for a “global generation.” And it does indeed show interesting videos about international issues that entertain and educate viewers. However, this is a cover for Al Jazeera’s agenda to delegitimize Israel and promote anti-Zionism.

1. AJ+ describes itself as “News for the connected generation.” Scanning the website, a liberal slant is obvious. It is attempting to appeal to young people. Do you think AJ+ should be trusted as a news source because it presents a progressive tone? Explain your answer.

2. Why is it important to know who runs a news organization?



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

Resources

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar in 2013.

Answers

Opinion questions. Answers vary.