Unbalanced

Gov race

Local news media’s agenda is showing.

That screen shot above, taken straight from the king5.com website shows a serious and blatant example of bias. This shouldn’t and can’t be acceptable!

Bias? How so?

That pic on the left is actually an older (and younger) photo of the current governor, Jay Inslee. It isn’t his official state picture or campaign photo for this year. That pic on the right is the top Republican challenger, Loren Culp. He is the current police chief in Republic, WA. That pic also isn’t his official campaign photo either.

Why does it matter if neither pic is the official campaign photo? Ask yourself (and be honest) what message is given not so subtly by using the photos they used?

One is just a photo (the one of the left) and the other is playing into mainstream narrative: Republicans, cops, are bad. If he is identified as a cop, then he is bad, …and people won’t vote for him.

Election meddling? Maybe not, but maybe.

Purposeful message? Most likely.

Local news showing bias? Most definitely.

 

 

Balanced

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If you haven’t yet checked out this source for news from AllSides, you need to.

It doesn’t claim to be perfect, but it gives you a chance to have balanced perspective by giving you access to news from the whole spectrum. The best part is that you know what you are getting before you read because the source has been rated for it’s bias.

If only you could get that kind of information about what you see on social media.

 

**I am not being paid for promotion of this website. I just like to know, and would like you to know, what I am reading so I can be better informed.**

Fact check

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“Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.”

The rise of fact checkers has never been more needed. We need to make sure our politicians are being truthful (because we all know their not, no matter what side their on). “The spin” is always in play and, quite frankly, can be rather disgusting when it gets right down to it.

So, I appreciate that we have people and organizations who do some fact checking. BUT, they are not exactly infallible. While they purport to be “unbiased,” they are not. We still need to watch for bias and we still need to be aware of leanings. Sure, they may not be as obvious in their bias as some media outlets, but it is still there. Example: simply by choosing what and what not to fact check and then report it could display bias.

Factcheck.org is one of my go to places for fact checking. It’s comprehensive and it appears to have little bias. However, there is still a problem. I’ll use the 2020 State of the Union Address from last night as a demonstration of what I was saying in the last paragraph. The linked article above only covers issues that the president got wrong or embellished. There is nothing in the article that points to where he was correct or telling the truth.

To me, that isn’t a balanced fact check. If you’re gonna do the job, do the whole job – line by line and tell us what is correct and what isn’t. Support it good research. Fact check it all. Once the speech is published in its entirety, fact check the whole thing. Don’t pick and choose what and what not to check.

So, if you are looking for more info, you can also check other places. Get a well rounded view of what is going on and what happened. Get info from every perspective, including from places deemed to have little bias. You can, again, use the president’s address from last night as an introduction to the site. The site is Allsides.org.

I know I have talked about these websites before. But I can’t help but make sure you have a place (or places) you can go to get information that is tainted as little as possible with bias. With a flood of information from anywhere and everywhere on the internet, you need to make sure that what you are consuming is as accurate as possible.

We can’t afford to be ignorant. We must be well informed.

Do your due diligence.