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Fake News in the 1890's - Yellow Journalism
The Yellow Press, illustration from 1910 depicting William Randolph Hearst as a jester tossing newspapers with headlines such as “Appeals to Passion, Venom, Sensationalism, Attacks on Honest Officials, Strife, Distorted News, Personal Grievance, [and] Misrepresentation” to a crowd of eager readers — Source.
New Bias Explored
Word Choice Buffet
Just how important is word choice?
The way in which words are used can have a profound influence upon how they may be interpreted.
Taking into consideration examples from the word choice section of this activity, rearrange the sentences below to actively experiment how choosing one word over another can make all the difference.
After you have chosen new words for each sentence click on the go button and an explanation of the slant the new sentence might be leaning towards will appear. Each word is weighted and explanations will appear in relationship to the total number of points each sentence accumulates. Dive in!
There are media watchdog groups who aim to police the news media and check bias. Keep in mind that these groups may operate from their own political bias. For example: