6Bias through use of names and titles Bill Gates the ex conIn 1977 the owner of Microsoft was arrested for driving without a license and not stopping at a stop sign. This wasn’t the first time he got arrested though. In 1975 he was arrested for driving without a license and speeding. In 1989 he was arrested for driving drunk but that charge was reduced later on.
7Bill Gates the Multimillion Dollar Philanthropist
8Bias through statistics and crowd counts Fifty people injured in Air Crash!
9Only 7% of passengers sustained minor injuries 50 out of 700
10To make a disaster seem more spectacular (and therefore worthy of reading about), numbers can be inflated. "A hundred injured in aircrash" can be the same as "only minor injuries in air crash," reflecting the opinion of the person doing the counting.
11If 714 people were onboard, & 7% were injured this would mean 50 people
12Bias by source controlTo detect bias, always consider where the news item "comes from."
14Word choice and tone Pushy or Assertive? skinny or slim? reckless or daring?
15Pretend MagazinePlease turn the pages of this fake magazine and using your media awareness information sheet see if you can spot bias.
16Memories of Hurricane Katrina Page 2Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)
17Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly a half-hour Page 3Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly a half-hourFriday meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the Obama administration tried to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing.