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Consider the source

When reading articles and putting together research for your assignment, be aware that most periodicals will be biased. Magazines, newspapers, and journals may identify with a specific political or ideological point-of-view, and this will determine what (and how) information is presented. One of your responsibilities as a student and academic researcher is to understand the viewpoint of a particular publication and its content.

Bias

“These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think the Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you’ve been reading the paper with your eyes closed.”


— Daniel Okrent, Public Editor of the New York Times (in a Times column dated 7/25/2004)

Understanding the Viewpoint