What’s News, AP?

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on February 21, 2007

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-Read the excerpt below from Dan Riehl's post at newsbusters.org on Feb. 19th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

Amazing. The AP puts everything over the wire … well, almost everythng.

Realizing we don’t yet know all the details, apparently the AP has decided to not put the story of a Muslim cab driver running down two students [on Feb. 18] after a religious dispute over the wire. Why might that be? They can’t all be writing about Anna Nicole Smith?
[View the story at wsmv.comFOXNews.com or KnoxNews.com.]

Go to NewsBusters.org for the original posting.

Questions

1.  Is the Associated Press’ decision to not run the story of a Muslim cab driver in Nashville who tried to run over two college students after arguing with them about religion an example of bias by omission and/or story selection? Explain your answer.

2.  Do you think that the AP would have run the story if the cab driver had been Christian or Jewish?  Explain your answer.


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
























Answer(s)

1.  and 2.  Opinion questions.  Answers vary.