Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Oct 2011 22:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Considering the polarising topic of software patents and related IP litigation is coming up a lot lately, I felt the need to write a few words on this thing called 'bias'. This word is being thrown around a lot, but I get the feeling many people are unclear as to what, exactly, it means. Because contrary to popular opinion, there's nothing wrong with being being biased. In fact, there's no such thing as unbiased blogging (or even unbiased journalism).
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RE: Not quite
by JoeBuck on Tue 25th Oct 2011 17:05 UTC in reply to "Not quite"
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That assumes that there are exactly two sides to any question. In reality, the "balanced" journalist (or his/her editor) will pick two "respectable" positions to represent the two sides, and the resulting article will strongly suggest that the truth lies somewhere in between these viewpoints. In the US, a moderate Democrat and a Republican member of the leadership might be picked to represent the two viewpoints; the more progressive Democrats, Greens, leftists, libertarians, or other dissidents need not be considered at all, and the idea of asking a foreign observer about an American political question is never considered.

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