“The media is biased!”

I can’t tell you how often I hear this, and it pisses me off. The word media is the plural of medium, so the statement should read “The media are biased!”

So you’re wrong. Period.

Kinda sucks when people nitpick your argument, right? That’s what you do when you claim a media bias. You poison the well so you can dismiss any claim your opponent makes that cites a reliable media source without having to address the merits of the argument.

Now, does media bias exist? It would be stupid to say it didn’t. But it’s a perfect example of confirmation bias because your perception of media bias is based on your own beliefs. A negative story about guns? If you like guns, you’re going to immediately believe there’s a bias since the article disagrees with your standpoint. Never mind the fact that the article cited multiple reproduced nonpartisan scientific studies and compiled statistics to find a consensus. As long as that article doesn’t say what you want to hear, it’s biased.



Show Footnotes:

Studies Offer New Glimpse of Melting Under Antarctic Glaciers

Study on Evidence of Links Between Iraq and al-Qaeda (and other media misconceptions)

Scientific consensus on human effect on climate change 

Most and least federally dependent states

Return on Taxpayer investment

July 29, 1914 NY Times front page 

Koch funded climate change scientist

Alcohol industry funded anti-marijuana ad

Florida solar Amendment 1 

California proposition 8 funding

How safe are abortions? 

Amish use of electricity