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What criteria do you use to determine if a news source is legitimate and unbiased?

  1. #1
    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    Everyone is always calling each other out on their sources of information on here, so I think it would be constructive to discuss how we all decide what's a good and objective source, and what isn't.
  2. #2
    Nil African Astronaut
    I dunno, I sense bias almost how I perceive sarcasm n satire but with out a grounding in whatever I'm reading I can take those 2 categories straight.
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  3. #3
    Octavian motherfucker
    Whether the editor is a J3w
  4. #4
    Technologist motherfucker
    These are just some of the sources I use.

    Fact Check. This nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.

    Media Matters. This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.

    NewsBusters. A project of the conservative Media Research Center with a right-wing bias, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”

    Open Secrets. This nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit website run by the Center for Responsive Politics tracks how much and where candidates get their money.

    Politifact. This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Run by editors and reporters from the independent newspaper Tampa Bay Times, Politicfact features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”

    ProPublica. This independent, nonprofit newsroom has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 Prize for Explanatory Reporting. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

    Snopes. This independent, nonpartisan website run by professional researcher and writer David Mikkelson researches urban legends and other rumors. It is often the first to set the facts straight on wild fake news claims.

    The Sunlight Foundation. This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent and accountable.

    Washington Post Fact Checker. Although the Washington Post has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. The bias shows up because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.

    Websites also of interest:

    AllSides. While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting on each topic.

    Even then, people laugh at fact checking sites.

    What cha gonna do🤷‍♀️


    https://answers.library.american.edu/faq/282165
  5. #5
    larrylegend8383 Naturally Camouflaged
    Most news outlets are credible in that they'll tell you what is happening and being talked about. Granted even an hour long news broadcast cannot cover everything. The problem people have is that they want an opinion that matches their own attached to said story, and when it doesn't people take that as bias.
  6. #6
    rabbitweed African Astronaut
    No such thing. You should always be thinking about what facts might be omited, or what half truths emphasized, just based on your common sense.

    Your best bet is to usually read something dry like reuters, and for certain events watch the video. The Kyle Rittenhouse thing is so obvious if you just watched him shoot the communists, for example.
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  7. #7
    Meikai Tuskegee Airman
    If she breathe, she a thot.

    If they news, they biased.
  8. #8
    itybit Tuskegee Airman [daze my amino pe-tsai]
    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/

    From the news sources I've checked on this site they seem accurate
  9. #9
    stl1 Naturally Camouflaged
    If a "news organization" covers anything that comes out of Trump's mouth as truth, I know they're full of shit.
  10. #10
    Octavian motherfucker
    62% taxes if you vote Biden. Why would anyone vote for that asshole.
  11. #11
    netstat Tuskegee Airman
    Like Nil said, without a decent grounding in the material it's hard to judge. Political/ideological bias is fairly straightforward once you have read enough to develop an intuitive understanding of the usual distortion tactics employed by each of the major camps, but it's not like there's a definitive, concrete criteria I run everything against. Reading scientific stuff I just look for obviously bad methodology or signs of statistical hacking. I have probably been hoodwinked many times and my head is probably full of false/biased ideas I imagine to be correct and objective, but I'm not clever enough to be a pure logic machine so I just hope my heuristics are in the ballpark and serve me okay.
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  12. #12
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    best to assume any source has its biases.

    for anything contentious it's not wise just to read one source and assume it's correct
  13. #13
    Splam African Astronaut
    Originally posted by Technologist These are just some of the sources I use.



    Even then, people laugh at fact checking sites.

    What cha gonna do🤷‍♀️


    https://answers.library.american.edu/faq/282165

    All those fact checking sites you mentioned are liberal biased, despite claims of neutrality.

    There's no such thing as unbiased. If you decide not to make a choice, you've still made a choice.
  14. #14
    A College Professor victim of incest [your moreover breastless limestone]
    If you drive, you're a murderer. You don't have the right to put other people's lives at risk.
  15. #15
    Splam African Astronaut
    I'd say typically footage is unbiased. But then there's cutting and cherry picking of footage like in the George Floyd case (that bodycam footage should've been released ASAP - it could've slowed rioting by proving the cops in the right). Why wasn't the footage released? Because they wanted riots! They'd cherry picked the footage of the knee on his neck and "I can't breathe", which later turned out to be UNRELATED as he was claiming to be unable to breathe from anxiety, not from the knee.

    But yes, there's no such thing as unbiased. You check several sources and decide for yourself.
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  16. #16
    Zanick victim of incest [my p.a. supernal goa]
    I don’t trust my sources. Journalists don’t implicitly trust their sources. Why are we in the habit of presuming trust as representing veridicality in the individual’s relationship with media agents and their collective stakes?

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  17. #17
    Observe the final result.
  18. #18
    Nil African Astronaut
    Originally posted by Zanick I don’t trust my sources. Journalists don’t implicitly trust their sources. Why are we in the habit of presuming trust as representing veridicality in the individual’s relationship with media agents and their collective stakes?

    U telling me the facts don't matter and just the narrative being either put forward or engaged with?? That it's not the truth of events but the story itself, and it's interpretation that really matters?

    Interesting take, rather pedestrian tho. Reality isn't a media consensus, it some shit that happened.

    Or that everyone in the link of the information chain has an agenda and it should be taken into account as far as spin?

    Hmmm.
  19. #19
    rabbitweed African Astronaut
    Originally posted by A College Professor If you drive, you're a murderer. You don't have the right to put other people's lives at risk.

    I know ur just being SILLY but I definitely think people are way to permissive when it comes to vehicular manslaughter. It's super preventable if you drive carefully and aren't obsessed with shaving 2 minutes off of your 60 minute commute.
  20. #20
    STER0S African Astronaut [the disappointingly unanticipated slab]
    i was born with a built-in bullshit detector and it's yet to fail me.
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