Media Bias: Headline/Visual


Bias via headlines, graphics, photos/video

A report may be perfectly fair but its headline or TV graphic is not. The headline may mislead news consumers in favor of a liberal viewpoint or unfairly promote a pro-liberal aspect of the story. Another instance of this bias could be when the images within the story unfairly push, reinforce or favor a liberal viewpoint.

TMJ4 Commits Bias by Headline

TMJ4 |  5-20-2017 On May 20, 2017, TMJ4 – Milwaukee featured a story on its website addressing a CNN report that, according to a “source,” former FBI Director, James Comey, now believes President Trump was trying to influence him. You can read the story here. The substance of the story (or the lack thereof) is […]

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Chippewa-Herald Misleads with Headline

Chippewa-Herald |  3-8-2017 On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Chippewa-Herald featured a story titled: Walker refuses to endorse federal health care bill The article featured comments by Gov. Walker who was publicly expressing concerns about the newly introduced Republican-plan to overhaul Obamacare. The Chippewa-Herald commits bias by headline in this case because the headline gives […]

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WBAY Commits Bias by Graphic

WBAY ABC 2|  2-7-2017 Pictures speak louder than words, so the saying goes. On February 2, 2017, Channel 2 (WBAY) proved up that adage. On its website, Channel 2 featured the following headline and graphic: WMCF “checks” this as bias by graphic. The graphic, which prominently features a “Stop the Pipeline” sign, directly undermines the […]

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