-Read the excerpt below from Clay Waters' post at on March 28th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the question.

There’s some odd wording in Pentagon reporter Thom Shanker’s short piece Tuesday on an unusual ceremony in a Pennsylvania meadow.

“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gazed across a rolling meadow on Monday, its grass yellow in late winter’s grip, and toward the stand of hemlock trees marking the area where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. …

His visit was his first to the site where passengers of Flight 93 overpowered their hijackers and sent an airliner crashing into the countryside instead of its intended target, the Capitol in Washington. His gesture was intended to link that event, through the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to the wars started by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

But there’s no need for Rumsfeld to “link” Flight 93 to the war in Afghanistan – Osama bin Laden, harbored by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, did that himself on September 11. And just who started the war – Bush, or bin Laden when he attacked America?

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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:


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