Ryan Wrecker

WRECKER: Yes, there is a bias if they admit it or not.

Ryan Wrecker
August 06, 2018 - 10:00 am

How to tell if a new source is biased.

  • Do they draw comparisons to Hitler?
  • Do they draw comparisons to Stalin?
  • Do they politicize something that isn’t political?
  • Does their story read more like an opinion piece?
  • Do they put a high priority on speculating intention but ignore actual documented reports and statistics?
  • Do their reporters actually add value to the story, or are they trying to become part of the story?
  • Do you ever wonder if the writer or reporter has any grasp on reality?
  • Do they show more interest in defending their “non-bias” more than actually reporting something without bias?
  • Do they use an opinion as the way to justify it as a story?
  • Do they play the victim for a story they manufactured?

Most of the major news sources you’ve trusted in the past have adopted new standards in order to stay alive.  They need opinion to drive conversation.  Commentary and news are no longer separated.  They’ve become two sides of the same coin. 

20 years ago, major headlines that make the rounds would have been dismissed.  We need to get back to saying, “who cares,” when a source is trying to force a story or narrative.  Day after day. Night after night. 

If you already realized all of this, you don’t need the list.  You’re bologna detector has already done its job.  If there’s anything else we should add to the list, message me on Twitter: @ryanwrecker