Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples


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Conservatives and liberals have very different views on healthcare reform. A news station places a story featuring the conservative point of view at the top of its newscast, while placing a short story on the liberal point of view at the end. This is an example of _____.

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1. Several reporters approach the governor as he exits a meeting. They shout questions, asking about his plan to deal with prison overcrowding. He replies, 'I don't have time for this.' One reporter prints that the governor isn't concerned about prison overcrowding and won't make the time to correct the issue. Why is this an example of bias by spin?

2. Which of the following is an example of bias by labeling?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Media criticism is used to closely examine news reporting, and to discover media bias in its many forms. This quiz and worksheet will help you identify the vocabulary words used to describe the types of media bias found in the news today, including bias by omission, bias by placement and bias by spin.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Bias by omission
  • Bias by selection of sources
  • Bias by placement
  • Bias by labeling
  • Bias by spin

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related media bias and criticism lesson
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about media reporting in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as media criticism and bias by omission

Additional Learning

To learn more about media bias and criticism, review the accompanying lesson on Media Bias and Criticism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding media criticism and bias in news reporting today
  • Defining different types of media bias
  • Understanding media bias in the forms of omission, selection, placement, labeling and spin