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News bias starkly revealed in side-by-side headlines

Added on by Chris Saad.

Same facts, different narrative. Quite impressed CNET didn't go with the clickbait headline.


As I've said before: being near the center of a controversy really opens your eyes to how powerfully the media can shape a narrative that affects the way facts (and the spirit of the truth) are received. I've also learned about what I call "Narrative Inertia" (I'm sure there's a real/formal name for it).

All of that might seem obvious to most people on an academic level (I.e you might say "duh"). I too, knew this intellectually. But experiencing it is quite something else.

It's not just "the media" though. We all, as humans, naturally build narratives in our mind about people, places and things. Especially about ourselves. It's part of the way we make sense of the world. It colors everything we see and do. For better or worse.

For me, this issue is not really about Uber, though. It's a concern for how these forces and biases might color even more important questions like climate change, terrorism, justice and making the world a better place.

Separately... The media also loves a comeback story too, right? Aaaany minute now, right?

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