The news media is at war with each other, the people, and the President. Facts are misconstrued and events sensationalized in the interest of hidden agendas and high ratings. But the average American just wants a return to normal news – the presentation of accurate information with no bias attached. Below are 5 ways you can help make that happen.
Learn to Identify Bias
Identifying bias in a news story is simpler than you might imagine. Pay close attention to the tone of the author. If the article sounds sarcastic or provocative, there’s a good chance the story is littered with bias. Another way to spot bias is to pay attention to the point at which the facts turn into analysis. If the analysis portion of the story pays extra attention to one side’s view of the event while ignoring the other side’s view, you can be sure the story is biased.
Don’t Fall for Click BaitDigital media organizations make money when a lot of people click on their stories. If you see an article with a sensational title, take a quick look at the source before you click on it. If the story was published by a media organization you’ve never heard of, there’s a good chance it’s fake or exaggerated.
Support Unbiased News Media
Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, make it a point to get your news from a variety of sources. After a few months you will be able to identify who’s biased, what their bias is, and who does the best job of being unbiased. You might be surprised at who becomes your new preferred media outlet.
Support Facts, Not Feelings
Good arguments are ones that can be backed up with facts. When someone engages you in a debate, be prepared to have a civil dialogue and back up your opinions on what you know to be true. Debates based in feelings quickly turn into arguments.
Winston Churchill famously argued, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” But with so many ways to get news in the Age of Information, it’s easy to stay informed. Know enough about what’s going on in the world to know what’s true and untrue. The more you know, the more you can contribute to a healthy democracy.
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