Why do we always seem to expect the worst from some people?
By now, it's common knowledge that media reports of widespread looting, violence and sexual assault in the wake of Katrina's strike on New Orleans were grossly exaggerated, but why? Some might attribute such distortions to unconscious bias
, offering up some hope of alleviating racial tension by bringing unexamined racial biases to light; still others see the problem of racial tension as an intractable one, leading inevitably to an all-out clash of cultures--even finding "evidence" of the inevitably of such a conflict in the unlikeliest of places.
Still others seem especially eager
to bring all these tensions to a head. What's really going on these days? Is racial tension ultimately a political problem or, as some suggest, a psychological one
posted by all-seeing eye dog
on Oct 21, 2005 -
Looting vs Finding
Chris Graythen, an AFP photographer in New Orleans (skip down to his post) who shot the photo of two white people "finding" goods in the floodwaters, defends his caption. "These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water." Meanwhile, the editor for the photog of the "looting" image says that he actually saw the looting occur
. "'He saw the person go into the shop and take the goods,' Stokes said, 'and that's why he wrote 'looting' in the caption.'"
posted by Brian James
on Sep 1, 2005 -
El Indio in Hispanic proverbial speech
"The proverbial speech of Hispanic America preserves, even today, numerous traces of the interaction between explorers, conquerors, or settlers and the native populations they found in the various regions of the so-called New World"
posted by dhruva
on Jul 11, 2005 -
Who do you unconciously hate?
The Harvard University implicit bias tests
allow you to discover your own implicit stereotypes: age, gender, religion, race -- even politics and presidents. Each test takes about ten minutes, and the results are sometimes surprising. Perhaps announcing your biases should this be the equivalent of the geek code
for policy threads.
posted by blahblahblah
on Apr 2, 2005 -
Project for Excellence in Journalism Report NYT
: The annual Project for Excellence in Journalism report on the state of the media says that the use of anonymous sources in newspapers has dropped significantly over the last year. USAT
: Non-traditional media gaining ground, consumers. LAT
: Study warns of "junk news" diet. E&P
: Survey finds newspapers slipping, facing cutbacks. WaPo
: Study finds no shortage of opinion on Fox News.
posted by psmealey
on Mar 14, 2005 -
The Newsweek-Fahrenheit wars
- Michael Isikoff's "seven errors, distortions and selective omissions of crucial information" detailed by Craig Unger, "House of Bush, House of Saud
" author (read excerpts of his book at Salon.com
, for members or by a "day pass") Isikoff has heavily cited Unger's book but, it seems, not bothered to read Unger's generously provided source files
. "Liberal" PBS is not excluded, as credulous (or ignorant) "On the Media" host Bob Garfield's July 2 interview with Isikoff demonstrates
. What shall we call such pervasive, ongoing and seemingly willful patterns
of inaccuracy, distortion, and selective omission?
posted by troutfishing
on Jul 7, 2004 -
Reading With the Enemy
- "Inspired by Supersize Me
: What if you spent one month reading, listening to, and watching only right-wing media. No New York Times, no NPR, no network news, no CNN, no lefty blogs, no liberal novels. Nothing left-wing or centrist, and nothing ‘objective.’ Nothing that makes up the world you currently inhabit."
posted by Space Coyote
on May 12, 2004 -
Aids in Africa
- you know the facts right? Well perhaps not, what you know are the predictions of a Computer Model. Rian Malan in today's Spectator highlights how alarmingly inaccurate such models are proving. Paul Henman
illustrates how common it is to build political assumptions into a model and then hide them under layers of complexity and apparent objectivity. Think global warming
. How do we challenge the models that increasingly determine our opinions and priorities?
posted by grahamwell
on Dec 12, 2003 -
Return of the vast right-wing conspiracy?
Al Gore is quoted in the New York Observer: "Fox News Network, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh—there’s a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media …. Most of the media [has] been slow to recognize the pervasive impact of this fifth column in their ranks—that is, day after day, injecting the daily Republican talking points into the definition of what’s objective as stated by the news media as a whole."
Has Al Gore lost his mind?
posted by Durwood
on Nov 27, 2002 -
Politics are allowed in politics, but there are limits, and there is a pale, and Metafilter has managed to deceive those limits, and sensationalize beyond that pale.
What makes this quote funny? It's automatically generated by this site
, which can add your name or website to any accusation of liberal bias you'd ever want. This will save so many people so much time.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Oct 14, 2002 -
The Washington Post follows an agenda.
There truly exists a bias in the press and here's an example. Metatalk had a thread on there being so many NYT links, perhaps this helps explain why. Many many more examples of the Post's biases can be found at SpinSanity and other such sites but this one comes from "next door" in Baltimore. !Only MetaFilter is trustworthy!
( P.S. Looking for an example of "liberal bias?" This isn't it.)
posted by nofundy
on Aug 19, 2002 -
to Ted Turner's comments prompts CNN offer a series of pieces focusing on the toll Palestinian terror has taken. "Ted Turner apologized, CNN's executives were quick to disassociate themselves from him and to announce he has no influence over the content of the broadcasts, and Eason Jordan, news director for the network, hurried to fly over to Israel and offer 'compensation' - a series of reports on the victims of terrorism."
. Indeed, a visit to CNN's website
this morning uncovers a series of focus items reporting on Israeli casualties and victims. Is this a case of journalism caving to political and commercial interests, or is Israel effectively combating the liberal bias of Western media?
posted by astirling
on Jun 24, 2002 -
Media Silent on Pipe Bomber's Leftism
So newsmax says The same media establishment that is quick to label right-wing extremists refuses to call admitted pipe bomber Luke John Helder a left-wing extremist.
I did a little (very little) digging, and they might have something there, more below.
posted by Blake
on May 9, 2002 -
New US paper aims at Afghan war truth
What do you do when you are fed up with the biased and slanted coverage that the major news organizations are giving the "war on terroirsm"? Start your own newspaper of course.
"A newspaper aimed at providing news of the war in Afghanistan is to be launched this month. Its editors argue that the mainstream media in the US are not providing a full picture of the war and its effects. "
posted by futureproof
on Apr 5, 2002 -
After 30 years of working in the journalism industry, CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg
has released this book
, apparently a scathing critique of the media's liberal slant. The book, of course, has created much controversy
, with many saying that Goldberg is biting the hand that feeds him
. There are many who would argue that, contrary to Goldberg's claims, the media (at least in recent months) has been censoriously conservative
in the wake of wartime patriotism.
You may have thought the fourth estate has been corrupt for quite some time, but recent months have brought a heightened degree of scrutiny of the media. America's relationship with the press seems to be more complex than ever. The plight
of (now released) amateur journalist Vanessa Leggett posed some interesting questions
about restrictions on the power of the media. What is the actual state of the American media, and in which direction is it going to go?
posted by grrarrgh00
on Jan 5, 2002 -
Is NPR anti-Israel?
I listen to NPR all the time and hadn't noticed any (overt) bias against Israel, but I only listen in the mornings...maybe it's on in the afternoon.
posted by mrmanley
on Oct 24, 2001 -
This NY Observer article
gives some insight to the validity of Debka
as a news source. It fails to confirm or deny the site's legitimacy either way, but it does mention that some of its reports later showed up in mainstream media. While the owners of the site admit that Debka has an Israeli bias, they go on to say, "You can imagine that officials in Israel, who are in charge of whatever they call it, information,
propaganda or whatever, they don’t like us very much."
Has China really sent 15,000 troops to afghanistan to fight on the side of the taliban? I guess we'll find out sooner or later.
posted by rabbit
on Oct 13, 2001 -
Black leaders refuse to pledge allegiance to flag
is an example of a story that The Washington Times
blows way out of proportion. The term *black leaders* would imply that there are multitudes of African-American politicians/community leaders who are refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag. However, if you read the whole story, it turns out that only ONE person, an assembly-women from Tennessee is the focus of the whole story!
Of course, the Times
doesn't forget to remind the readers that she, and all who support her, are Democrats...
posted by Rastafari
on Jun 22, 2001 -
Racial discrimination at ford?
White male managers accuse the Ford Motor Co. of reverse discrimination, claiming they are victims of racial, age and gender bias.
After reading this article, I'm really at a loss as to where the racism is. They are reviewing all management and ditching those in the worst 5%...
"... older white managers who received "Cs" after long highly productive careers say they feel they are victims of discrimination."
Golly Pal. You know, the past counts for something but you have to keep producing or you're gonna get canned. What's the problem here? This isn't racism, it's meritocracy and I'm all for it. If they were giving bonuses to the evaluations based on ethnic background or sex then I could see the gripe. But the article doesn't say they are so what exactly is wrong with cutting the fat?
posted by revbrian
on Jun 20, 2001 -
CueCats Held Hostage!
A motley mix of left-wingers and computer geeks plans to march on the offices of the Dallas Morning News
this weekend, armed with pet carriers filled with CueCats, in order to protest what they see as pro-GOP slants in the paper's reporting. If the paper doesn't agree to their demands for more left-favorable reporting, the CueCats will be executed! Why CueCats? Because the company that owns the News
has been plugging CueCats like crazy. (second item on the page)
posted by aaron
on Dec 14, 2000 -