Jack Shafer on why media bias isn't a journalistic problem

It's easy to make blanket statements about the liberal or conservative slants of news outlets. It's harder to see both sides -- to consume news from a diversity of sources that reflect views different from our own.

In one of his Reuters columns this week, Jack Shafer wrote that news consumers should be more critical of their favorite news outlets rather than accusing other outlets of being biased.

Shafer argues that media bias can add flavor and variety to stories, and that truth doesn't always reside in the center. "Media bias isn’t a journalistic problem," he wrote. "It’s a solution."

Shafer expanded on these points and answered readers' questions in a live chat, which you can replay here:

  • Mallary Jean Tenore

    As managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s website, Poynter.org, I report on the media news industry, edit the site’s How To section, and moderate the site's live chats. I also help handle the site's social media efforts, and teach social media sessions on the side.


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