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The most common bias is that of omission. Here is a recent example. Read this report produced by WBAY on November 17, 2015 and see if you can spot the omissions. http://wbay.com/2015/11/17/how-isis-is-still-growing-around-the-world/
The reporter interviews a local university professor who teaches a course on terrorism. The professor warns of the danger ISIS poses. The reporter, however, fails to inform viewers of how and when the rise of ISIS began. This has been the pattern by the mainstream media. The mainstream media has demonstrated a pattern of not holding President Obama accountable for the decisions he makes. His name is rarely mentioned when reporters discuss fact-based failings in U.S. foreign policy. This was not the case with President George W. Bush. That double standard is evidence of bias.
Back to WBAY’s omission regarding the rise of ISIS. The rise happened when President Obama failed to secure a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqis, pulled troops out of Iraq, and engaged in a detached policy in fighting ISIS. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/111815-781455-democrats-start-to-distance-themselves-from-obama-on-isis-and-refugees.htm
The WBAY report only mentions President Obama at the end of the story and only in the context of the president’s push to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S. But the reporter fails to accurately describe the president’s decision as controversial or unpopular. Many worry that ISIS fighters will pose as refugees and infiltrate the U.S.
This report also contains a bias of spin. The reporter presents only the opinion of the professor which lets President Obama off the hook for his potentially dangerous refugee decision by framing it as a no-win situation. That is certainly the liberal perspective and the only one offered in this report.