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Marcus Krause: Just the facts

 

In response to Darrell Berkheimer’s recent column about accurate information, a year ago, I downloaded four different media bias charts from different sources, and selected a dozen news sources that were in the “least biased/most factual” area of all four charts.

Some of them lean a little left or right, but they were all in the well resourced and most factual area of each chart. In addition to reading this newspaper and watching broadcast news, I read news stories from three other news summary sites.

If I see the same story on most, or all of my five summaries, reported by most, or all of my preferred sources, then I believe it’s true, and feel comfortable discussing it with others.



And while I may occasionally read some of the fringe news sources, if I see them report something that never shows up in my chosen media, then I believe it’s entertainment.

I can’t think of an example of the fringe media reporting something first, then the mainstream media reporting it, but I can think of many times that the mainstream media reported something, and the fringe media waited for a few days before getting on board, and reporting it as well.




Marcus Krause

Smartsville


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