Given how conservative I am, you may be surprised to learn that I often read the news at NPR. The reason I do this is because NPR does an excellent job finding and publishing human interest stories that are quite fascinating, and I enjoy reading those stories. Still, it can’t be denied that, despite being publicly funded, NPR is very politically biased toward liberalism and the far left.
They demonstrate this bias both in what they report and how they report it. It is important that readers understand that they aren’t just seeking to inform you but also to influence you.
Consider: this was the top headlined news story on NPR’s website this morning; it concerns a shooting that took place four days ago.
Some See Extreme ‘Anti-Theism’ As Motive In N.C. Killings
The alleged killer’s face is shown. His “religious” affiliation is right in the title; the religious faith of the three victims is in the subheading. If you click on the article, the word “Islamophobia” is in the very first paragraph.
Nine stories down from this, under more important items such as global warming, a second story about the N.C. shootings highlighting how “radiant” the Muslim victims were, and Jack White’s guacamole recipe (which looks pretty tasty, I must agree), we find this little apparently not-very-important news story about two killings and five shooting injuries that took place only yesterday. Notice how this story is categorized (news, not religion) and how it is headlined as compared with the one above:
Suspect In Copenhagen Attacks Killed, Police Say
It was just a “man” who killed “people”, that’s all. No ideology involved. Certainly no religion involved; never mind the fact that the alleged killer was reportedly screaming something in Arabic and that one of the shooting sites was a synagogue. Nothing to see here. The accompanying image is not of the suspect, but rather of a heavily armed police officer. Nothing to see here, nothing to worry about. It was just a man who killed random people less than 24 hours ago but the police have it all under control.
Whether you are reading a conservative news site or a liberal news site, always pay attention to how the news is being presented to you. Don’t let the media think for you; think for yourself.