Media Bias: Spin

Definition

Bias by spin

Emphasizing aspects of a policy favorable to liberals without noting aspects favorable to conservatives; putting out the liberal interpretation of what an event means while giving little or no time or space to explaining the conservative interpretation.

NBC 26 Commits Bias by Labeling

WGBA NBC 26 |  2/1/2017 On February 1, 2017, during its 10 pm newscast, NBC 26 (WGBA) reported on the violence that was unleashed at U.C. Berkeley in response to Breitbart News editor and public speaker Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned appearance that evening on campus. Watch the report: Notice the anchor’s use of the terms “alt-right,” […]

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Local Stations Ignore “Women’s March” Controversies

WGBA | WBAY  | WFRV | WLUK | 1/21/2017 During the 10 pm broadcast on January 21st, NBC 26 lead with coverage of the “Women’s March” that occurred in Washington DC and elsewhere. Although the event organizers, WGBA, and others pegged this event as a Women’s March, others helped bring some clarity to the event and […]

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NBC 26 Interjects Biased Commentary

WGBA NBC 26  |  12-12-2016 During the latter half of the week of December 12, 2016, the local media went into overdrive perpetuating the national media narrative that the Russian government undermined the recent presidential election due to its purported hacking of the email servers of John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee. WMCF took […]

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