Half of the country voted for Donald Trump. He made history by being the first candidate who has never held office or been appointed to any job in the government. In this week leading up to his inauguration, negative stories have received continuous, widespread media attention – multiple headlines feature stories such as:
These true headlines did not get as much attention:
What types of media bias does this excerpt illustrate?
CHALLENGE: Do your own review. Over the next week, make a list of headlines, including news source, having to do with Donald Trump’s inauguration (his family, his speech, the inauguration balls, guests, performers), his cabinet picks, etc. What did you find: if there is something positive to report, is the story featured as often as negative stories? Are some stories actually not negative, but just spun that way?
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Bias by story selection and spin.