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The search for non-biased news sources online can be a frustrating one, but it need not be if you keep in mind certain objective principles about the nature of journalism.

Everyone involved - from the journalist reporting on current events to the news agency that publishes an item, as well as the person reading the story - is a participant in shaping the ways in which a news item will be interpreted.

Journalists may be subject to a range of complex motivations for presenting a certain side of a story. Truly unbiased reporting will sometimes sound like a laundry list of a series of events. Or in an effort to appear unbiased, some journalists may report different sides of an issue in the same article, which can sometimes sound as if an opposing view of the main idea of an article is tacked on at the end of a news item. For this reason, in some cases a biased or editorialized news article may be a more honest representation of current events, as long as the author is open and straightforward about their particular bias.

News publishing agencies also may have certain criteria for tone and content, which in turn may be motivated by factors completely unrelated to the news. For example, a news agency might be concerned about its advertisers, some of whom may not wish to be associated with a certain type of journalism. Additionally, a news agency may aim for a consistency of tone for all the news it publishes in order to maintain a loyal readership.

Which leads us to the bias of the reader. Even an average news reader, who may perceive himself as nothing more than a casual spectator to the news, may be responding to a subconscious desire to see the world in a certain way. A reader may seek out news sources that satisfy a particular bias. Many news agencies know this about their readers, and will tend to stick to a predictable viewpoint in news reportage. Additionally, each of us may make certain assumptions about the subject of a news item without meaning to, and this in turn can influence which news sources one turns to. Sometimes the effect of reading news stories is cumulative, and one may approach a news item from a perspective that is influenced by the last thing one heard about the issue.

If there isn't a simple way to find non-biased news sources online, then the key is to be an objective reader, or at least to understand that sometimes bias is unavoidable.

Ultimately it is the responsibility of the reader to seek out viewpoints from both sides of an issue. The simple truth is that in order to get the whole story, it is best not to rely on one single source for news. Also, it is in the reader's best interests to have some idea of how they themselves feel about an issue, and where that viewpoint might fit into a continuum of opinions.

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There's an old Italian expression that goes; "The fish stinks from the head." Having worked in the corporate world, I know this to be a fact. In business, if the head of a company makes a decision that costs the co. money, he, or she becomes the focus of the blame. In politics, however, the person at the top can throw any number of underlings under the bus and remain untouchable. The new is not so cut and dry. We all have strong opinions about real problems that effect us on many levels. How strongly you feel about them pretty much decides your political leanings; it can't be helped. I do try and read all sides of a news story, but I find myself relying on my gut and personal beliefs in the final judgement. I am what I am and honestly have found very few ocassions when I was transformed by someone's opposing opinion, especially on important issues. By Frank on 20-01-13 at 02:56pm
Interesting response but biased in the response. A reporter viewing an incident merely states what they have witnessed, eyes through brain to pencil. Take the mouth out of the report and I believe you tend to get a more truthful report although not necessarily one that is 100& ACCURATE. The issue I see is that CURRENT REPORTING ALL PASSES THROUGH THE BRAIN TO THE MOUTH THE EARS BACK TO THE BRAIN & MOUTH PRIOR TO GETTING TO THE PEN, PENCIL OR other recording device. In the OLD Days PRIOR to SPIN the race was to be first, then first & most accurate then first, most accurate greatest depth. Today it appears that what ever the story spinning a specific opinion is more important than reporting what is. THe media has lost its credibility and now sits at the level of the lawyer & the politician. A sad state of affairs when you can trust the siding salesman to have more integrity than the reporter, lawyer or politician. Perhaps we should require a college degree to sell siding then perhaps the playing field would be leveled 90% fabrication, opinion, spin and no facts. Yes one should expose themselves to"both " viewpoints however if the straight truth were spoken or that which was spoken is reported as spoken there would be no need for sides, what a utopia eh? Alternately if two opinions make up accurate reporting of facts what are the best two sources to read. I read to gather information, educate myself on the subject matter and then form an initial opinion which is offered in conversation for opinions and discussion by others ultimately to determine a viewpoint. receiving regurgitated, spun facts presented as "reporting" has no place in the subject of " The facts, just the facts, I'll form my own opinion Thank you! Two sources?? By Anonymous on 25-02-14 at 10:19pm
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