Writer’s Diary: Biased News Network

Dear readers,

Sorry for my unexpected absence. My working hours vary considerably. Sometimes I’m working sixty hours in a week and then it drops unexpectedly down to twenty five like this week. Which turns not into a productive week of writing but into a recovery week for working so many hours the previous three! That said, I have been working on my writing nonetheless. I have completed 35,000 words for a manuscript but one I won’t be sharing on here any time soon. This is one I will probably approach a publisher about in the future once the manuscript is finished. In the meantime I have been getting quite annoyed with the mainstream media and how obviously biased it is. Now, I don’t actually mind bias as such. It’s part of human nature and I view it as just something we all have to take into account whoever we are listening to. What bothers me is when people pretend to be unbiased when they’re clearly biased or who object to other people being biased as though they never are themselves. This is a hypocrisy that I want to expose!

When thinking, “how do I as a writer help to expose the true nature of political bias in a news site article?” I have reached the conclusion that the best way to expose bias is to magnify the bias and label it. So for the next little while I am going to be writing a series of articles based on actual news reports. I will start with a link to the original report (maybe editorials as well?) and then rewrite it from several obviously biased viewpoints. Each viewpoint will be exaggerated but that’s part of what I hope will be the educational value of the piece. It will help people to understand how different values affect a news writer’s presentation of an account.

These articles will be posted under the category of “Biased News Network”: a fictional news website that cares about having a true diversity of opinion from their writing staff (instead of only hiring leftists or conservatives). So instead of writing a single article about something like other news sites do they write several about the same topic. However, each version of the original article is strongly biased through a particular viewpoint.

At the end of each article will be a short section called “The National Perspective” and this will be a short list of view points from different countries about the topic. Usually just a few lines from each expressing whether or not it impacts them in any way. This won’t always be in an article – only when it adds something to the greater perspective.

I will have a look for an article now and will post an update on this later in the week. I hope you will enjoy it, I will try to make it as entertaining and shareable as possible. Until then, take care!

PS If there’s a topic you think I should write about for BNN you may let me know in a comment!

 

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Author: philosophicaltherapist

I am philosophical therapist based in Australia. However, I offer Skype services for people who live in regional districts, or internationally providing the time zones do not clash. In my practice I emphasise honesty, self-knowledge, curiosity, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, compassion, empathy, respect for emotions, and understanding how key relationships work.

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