This article first appeared on the Better Angels website.
By Mel Harkrader Pine
What’s the news media’s biggest bias?
If you’re a Trump supporter, you might say it’s assuming collusion with Russia behind every presidential move.
For a non-Trump conservative, maybe you see the media giving a free pass to every failing of the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Moderate liberals might blame the media for giving so much coverage to every pronouncement in a Trump tweet or speech, before the 2016 election and during his administration.
And progressives might fault the money behind every media empire for creating a pro-business, or at least a pro-capitalist, bias.
There’s some truth in each of those observations, and plenty more reasons to fault the media. But we tend to miss the media’s biggest bias, and it’s equally strong in left-leaning and right-leaning publications.
The media’s biggest bias is contrived significance. You are not going to read, watch or listen to a news item unless it tells you something significant. And you are not going to subscribe to a media outlet unless it has news items you want to read, watch or listen to.
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