by Greg Krehbiel on 28 January 2013
Some things I hear on the news make me immediately assume that the news source is biased.
For example, when the default response to a gun tragedy is to assume we need more restrictions on guns, or when the second amendment is caricatured as preserving the right to hunt or shoot clay birds, I consider that source biased. Not necessarily with malice, or intentionally — but biased nevertheless.
Another is when “more revenue” automatically means more taxes, or when “equal rights” automatically assumes the pro-homosexual marriage position.
Don’t get me wrong, each of these positions is a reasonable part of the conversation. Responding to gun violence by wanting more laws is a legitimate perspective, as is more taxes for more revenue, as is homosexual marriage as a matter of equal rights.
But they are not the only legitimate perspectives, and should not be treated as the default, automatic reaction. When I hear a news source treat them that way, it screams bias.
So I’m curious. What things are tells for you — that show either liberal or conservative bias?
-- 2013-01-28 » Greg Krehbiel