Think Critically

In order to detect media bias, a consumer must learn to think critically and question everything they are fed before digesting the content.

The following questions will be used to for analyzing the articles for the weekly face offs. A point based system will be used to keep score and declare a winner based on the following questions:

  1. Does the headline match the story?
  2. Does the header photo present the subject matter in an attractive/negative/neutral way?
  3. Who are the sources, are they diverse and relevant/appropriate for the story?
  4. How are the facts presented? Are all of the important details featured prominently or are they hidden obscurely in the article?
  5. Are there stereotypes or prejudices or assumptions present in the article?

Take these questions into consideration when viewing the news for yourself.

“The critical habit of thought, if usual in a society, will pervade all its mores, because it is a way of taking up the problems of life. People educated in it cannot be stampeded…are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and weigh evidence, uninfluenced by the emphasis or confidence with which assertions are made on one side or the other. They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery. Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens.”

– William Graham Sumner

One thought on “Think Critically

  1. John – this is a great post. I think that including the list of 7 questions really acts as a useful guide for us to judge content against. It’s awesome to see someone else writing about similar content, and I’m so glad that your blog post takes it a step further. Thank you for sharing!


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