In today’s highly charged and turbulent political climate, it is often hard to find objective reporting of the facts and unbiased coverage of events and people. This is in large part due to the continuing polarization of different political views as well as the rapidly escalating availability of unsourced internet news coverage. Now more than ever, the onus is on the media consumer to sift through the coverage and pull out the objective facts. Here are a few easy and practical ways to avoid media subjectivity so that you can ensure that you are receiving all facts and no bias.
If it Sounds Too Good to be True, it Probably is
First and foremost, it is imperative that discerning readers and viewers learn to trust their gut when presented with information. If what you are reading or hearing sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Learn to listen to your intuition and then take the extra steps to explore the issue further if something seems unbelievable.
Be Diligent in Seeking Out Both Sides of Hot Button Issues
The temptation is strong for those people responsible for disseminating information to spin the truth in the way that best suits their agenda, especially when the issue is something especially controversial. To ensure that no bias is present, it is recommended to make an effort to explore both sides of the issue. Be especially wary of reporters who do not acknowledge the difference between what is fact and what is opinion. Especially in print media, all editorial based writings should be clearly marked as such and not passed off as facts.
Be Purposeful in Gathering Information From a Variety of Sources
By limiting your media to just a few sources, you run the risk of receiving biased coverage. Smart media connoisseurs are proactive about seeking out coverage from a variety of sources that offer different political leanings and views on important issues. By making an effort to engage with varied outlets, readers and viewers are more likely to get the whole picture rather than reporting from one side of the political aisle.
Being conscious of your media consumption can go a long way to ensuring that you get the full story with no bias.