Spotting news bias in a field of Washington Post weeds
WASHINGTON — “I know it when I see it,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote when dodging a definition for “hard-core pornography.” Media critics, even practicing journalists and J-school professors are too often just as lazy when it comes to defining bias. In many cases, as on CNN or MSNBC, they blindly deny that their work has any bias at all. Where the bias is more subtle, identifying it in news reports can resemble a walk into a field of weeds. Well, put on a pair of long pants let’s give it a try. ##### The Washington Post - Bias or Sloppy Reporting?In a February 16, S...
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Nana Fredua Submits Forms
Nana Fredua Ofori-Atta addressing journalists during the processionBoard Chairman of the National Theatre,Nana Fredua Agyeman Ofori-Atta, has submitted nomination forms to contest atOkaikoi South Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).Scores of partysympathizers converged at the Kaneshie Roundabout in Accra where they began aprocession throughthe Kaneshie Market and then tothe party’s head office at Bubiashie to submit the forms.At theparty’s head office, Nana Fredua submitted his form and other requireddocuments as well as a banker’s draft containing the filing fee to the...
Daily Guide Network
Asharami Launches New Lubricants As Nigerian Market Hits 700m Litres Per Year
Asharami Synergy, a subsidiary of Sahara Group, has launched new classes of lubricants as the lubricants market hit 700million litres per annum.Speaking to journalists on Tuesday during the launching of ‘Asha Crest and Asha Xtra’ in Lagos, the Managing Director of Asharami Synergy, Moroti Adedoyin-Adeyinka, stated that the Asha Engine oil has been specifically designed to offer the highest standard of quality, safety, durability, affordability and exceptional performance.According to her, “We are introducing the gold standard of quality among lubricants and we are delighted that Nigerians can ...
Labour is rigged against Palestine solidarity
It is often said that journalists should not become part of the stories that they cover.But in some of the best stories ever written, the journalist themselves do indeed end up entering the tale.As a prime example, I can think of Gary Webb.Webb was a campaigning journalist in California, who exposed corruption in local government and police forces. He had achieved a successful career and won awards, until one day the biggest story of his career fell into his lap and ended it all.The scandal it exposed was just too big and it upset forces far more powerful than local law enforcement. It went to...
The Middle East Monitor
In Lebanon, journalists and activists who cover protests face threats
Journalists covering an anti-government protest near one of the blocked entrances to the Lebanese Parliament in the capital Beirut. Photo credit: Hassan Chamoun, used with permission.Since the anti-austerity protestsbroke out in Lebanon on October 17, 2019, reporters and journalists have been flocking to the scene to provide up-to-date coverage.Tens of thousands of people reflecting Lebanon’s diverse religious and class sectors took to the streets to demand social and economic reforms. What started as socio-economic protests have grown into a movement demandingthe fall of political rulers who ...
Media put lives at risk
The work of some overzealous journalists who covered the mass shooting by a non-commissioned soldier on Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima sparks serious questions about poor judgement, if not breaches of ethics.Over the past few days those journalists, sent by TV stations, have come under fire for their tell-all live coverage of the tragic incident in which 29 innocent people lost their lives and 50 were injured.The attacker, 32-year-old Jakrapanth Thomma, a sharpshooter at the Surathampithak army camp, stormed the Terminal 21 shopping centre and opened fire indiscriminately before being killed by...
The Bangkok Post
CHR defends press over ‘current hostile environment’
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday took up the cudgels for the media amid what it called the “current hostile environment that restrains press freedom and imperils journalists.”On the occasion of the celebration of the National Press Week, which is commemorated every second week of February, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said the press plays a vital role in fostering social good and in enabling other freedoms “by speaking truth to power and bringing relevant information to the public,” yet it exposes itself to harassment and intimidation from those who had been the subject of...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
'Some people want me to have a problem with Gareth' - Zidane angrily dismisses claims of Bale rift
Zinedine Zidane has lashed out at journalists, accusing them of inventing a divide between him and Gareth Bale that the Real Madridboss says doesn’t exist.Bale played over an hour of Real’s La Liga game with Osasuna, a 4-1 win for Los Blancosthat took them six points clear at the top of the table - at least until Barcelona’s game with Real Betison Sunday evening.It was the Walesinternational’s first appearance in three La Ligamatches following a chest infection and ankle problem. Altogether Bale has missed 10 matches this season through injury or suspension.The left winger was close to a move ...
Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation President resigns
Mrs. Queen Uboh, President of Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation, has resigned after successfully hosting the Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World championship.Uboh announced her resignation on Friday night during the closing ceremony of the World Championship at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.Efforts by journalists to speak to the President on the reasons behind her resignation were unsuccessful as officials of the body denied journalists access to her.She promised to issue a statement at a later date to explain reasons for action.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the...
Pan-Atlantic University trains journalists
_:_: The School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University (SMC-PAU) has trained 20 journalists on reporting from a solutions perspective with the use of data.The training, which was held at the Pan-Atlantic University Main Campus in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, had journalists from the print and broadcast media across Nigeria.The Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Dr. Ikechukwu Onoaha, said the academy, which was funded by the Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation, was necessary due to the gaps noticed in the reportage of journalists which mostly points to lack of depth.Accordi...