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June 20, 2004

News Bias

While I don't think that one can adequately judge a news organization by a single headline, I do think that one can sum over typical news headlines in any organization and get a feel for their bias.

Here's a nice shot of how bias influences a headline. Note that these headlines report on the same story, but the headlines for the stories can be interpreted in polarly opposite ways politically, particularly in terms of the coming election in this (apparenly) very politically divided United States:

Google News demonstrates political bias in headlines.
Image from Google News.

Here are the links to the actual stories:

Reuters: Bush Launched Iraq Invasion Too Soon, Clinton Says
News24: Clinton backs Bush on Iraq
Washington Post: Clinton Backs Bush on Iraq War But Questions Invasion's Timing

Posted by Jeff at June 20, 2004 03:43 PM

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