Resources to help students to understand media bias.

The list of resource links below contain documents from both sides of the aisle with various points about the media. Some information is contained in Wikipedia with direct links to additional resources available online. Each item resource link should be evaluated, considered, and discussed rather than automatically assumed to be the definitive answer on the subject.

A Measure of Media Bias a study done by Tim Groseclose (UCLA Department of Political Science) and
Jeff Milyo (University of Missouri Department of Economics, 2004)

Former Fellows Think Media Bias Study is Wrong

The Political Orientation of Newspaper Endorsements in U.S. Elections, 1940-2002 A study done by M.I.T. in 2004.

Media Bias in the United States (A Wikipedia Article)

Media Manipulation Techniques (A Wikipedia Article)

Propaganda Techniques (A Wikipedia Article)

List of Journalists Taking Sides An MSNBC report of journalist who wrote political checks.

CBS Insider Reports How the Media Distorts the News

Media Bias Basics

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting Advocates for greater diversity in the press, and scrutinizes media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

Media Research Center

Media Awareness Network

News Bias Explored Analyzes what news bias is and how it manifests through real examples and interactive activities. Includes some teaching resources. A non-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Founded by David Brock, a conservative media insider. Conservative group dedicated to studying and fighting media bias. Site includes regular features, topical studies, resources for research, and links to similar organizations.

Project Censored Explores and publicize the extent of censorship in society by locating stories about significant issues which are rarely aired in mainstream media.

Media Review Network Aims to dispel myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding. Its goal is to monitor, analyse, dissect and evaluate distortions fabrications and double standards about Muslims in the mass media in South Africa. It also aims to fight stereotyping through education and by coordinating and developing Muslim media communication efforts in South Africa.

Left or Right: Media Bias exposed from the other side

News Busters: Exposing Liberal Media Bias
Liberal Media Bias
The New Republic Examines right wing bias in the media. Critical of Fox News as broadcasting conservative propaganda disguised as unbiased news. Advocates a boycott of their advertisers.

Lesson Plans

Bias Lesson

Bias in the News

Teaching Links

Censorship in the Classroom

Flashpoint: A Free and Open Press

Media Bias

Understanding Controversial Issues

Media / Information Literacy

Integrating Media Literacy into Social Studies

Media Literacy in Social Studies

Why Media Literacy Matters

Knowledge Network

Articles Related to Media Bias

Search for Bias

Teaching Tolerance
Advertising Analysis Lesson Plan
Data, Data Everywhere and What am I to Think?

Action for Media Education

How Media Shapes Perception

Educators for Social Responsibility

High School