Recognizing Media Dis-Information


English: Sign at Loch Ness ... conspiracy theory?

Joël van der Reijden

About a year ago something began to dawn on me, and that is the fact that many people don’t recognize media bias or disinformation very well.

You’d be surprised at how many people can read an article about any given conspiracy topic and not recognize it when facts are being selectively presented, or when the conspiracy point-of-view is discouraged with jokes, personal attacks or unrealistic counter-arguments. This needs to change.

Below, you will find 26 tactics that can, and have, been used by the media against people advocating conspiracies. I’ve been gathering them over the course of a year by paying attention to newspaper, magazine and TV reports about controversial issues.

The purpose of this article is two-fold:

  1. It will allow anyone to better recognizemedia bias and media disinformation;
  2. It provides people with a checklist they can use to prepare themselves in case…

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