February 19th, 2014

Unfair And Balanced. When Blaming Both Sides Isn't Accurate News -- By James Ponlewozik

“Reality,” Stephen Colbert once said, “has a well-known liberal bias.” He was joking–or “joking”–but he identified a serious problem for political reporters in a polarized era. What do you do when the actual reality of a news story is not evenly balanced between two sides? What do you do when the facts of a situation are such that to describe them accurately will make you sound biased?

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