Look at this poster and explain its intent. What kind of technique is being practised here?
Task 1: The Iraq War
The greatest cause of media bias, though not the only one, is government control. This is especially true in times of war.
Read the following article and see the short trailer to the film mentioned.
We will watch this film in class. While the film is playing, you will need to make notes of any main point that strikes you, with examples from the film to support it. I will stop the film occasionally to allow you to do this.
For further information on bias in various news stories from the past 40 years, the website of the author of the article (to be found at the end of the article above) is also highly recommended.
Task 2: Vocabulary
The very choice of words used by writers in all forms of media can indicate and influence bias. Read through this document and try to explain how language can be used to show bias and/or to control how the reader thinks.
At the time of writing there are wars going on between the US Army and various ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Do a little of your own research in to selected news websites, and investigate the usage of these three terms:
- freedom fighter
- BBC / CNN
- The Guardian
- Al Jazeera
How biased can you be? Now is the time for you to practice your journalism skills.
You work for either the FoxNews website, or the Al-jazeera website. You are writing a brief account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by an equally brief biography of the dead man. Cover the following points:
- Where and how was he killed? Was it justified?
- Who killed him, and what is your view of them?
- What kind of man was he? Sum up a few key events of his life.
This link may help you get the tone for your anti-Osama article:
Here is a brief collection of Muslim opinion:
And here is a neutral obituary from which you can take details about bin Laden’s life:
Task 3: The UK Riots
Finally, here is the document concerning the UK riots that we looked at back at the start of this unit. Use this as another example of bias; it may be useful as evidence for an essay, written task or oral activity.