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BHS_evaluating resources: Bias


prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

What to look for

  • Bias: A judgment based on a personal point of view.
  • Claim: A statement put forth as true in an argument or on an issue.
  • Exaggeration: An overstatement or stretching of the truth.
  • Reason: A general statement that offers support for a claim.
  • Evidence: Facts, statistics, and examples used to support reasons

When reading or watching the news

Look for the facts vs. the opinions

What was the author's purpose?  To inform? entertain? educate? 

Where did you get the source?  Is it reliable?