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An example of media bias in action

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by sun rise, Jun 18, 2019.

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  1. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    None of these three versions of the story is fake. If you read them all, they report the same facts. But if you only read the headline or perhaps the first line you would think the story was different. After all "passes for now", "sides with" and "tosses" mean different things to most people. And that is how, quite often, bias manifests.

    LA Times: Supreme Court passes, for now, on a new wedding cake dispute
    The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not decide, for now, whether a Christian couple from Oregon had a constitutional right to defy that state’s civil rights law and refuse to make a wedding cake for the marriage of two women.

    CNN: Supreme Court sides with Oregon bakery that refused to make cake for same-sex wedding
    The Supreme Court on Monday wiped away a ruling that went against a bakery in Oregon that refused to make a cake to celebrate the wedding for a same-sex couple.

    Fox: Supreme Court tosses ruling against bakers who refused cake for gay couple
    The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a ruling against two Oregon bakers who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    As an example of how this story should be reported - which is that SCOTUS punted the case for now but it's probably coming back:

    Justices send cake sequel back to state court - SCOTUSblog

    Justices send cake sequel back to state court
    Just over a year ago, the justices issued a narrow ruling in the case of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker and devout Christian who refused to create a custom cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding festivities. The Supreme Court’s decision for Phillips rested primarily on the rationale that the Colorado administrative agency that ruled against Phillips treated him unfairly, because it was too hostile to his religious faith. Today the court declined to take up a question that it left open in Phillips’ case: Can sincerely held religious beliefs trump neutral laws that apply to everyone? Instead, the justices sent the case of an Oregon couple who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding celebration back to the state court for another look in light of Phillips’ case.
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    After considering the Kleins’ case at 10 consecutive conferences, the justices today sent the case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals, for that court to reconsider it in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Phillips’ case. The court’s order was a terse one that did not indicate exactly how Phillips’ case might affect the ruling in the Kleins’ case or why it had taken so long for the justices to act on the Kleins’ case. The order may have allowed the justices to avoid tackling this contentious issue for now, but they may not be able to dodge the question forever: Earlier this month, the Washington Supreme Court reaffirmed its ruling against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. The U.S. Supreme Court had sent that case back to the state court last year in the wake of its ruling in Phillips’ case; lawyers for the florist have already announced that they intend to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
     
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    The cake is a lie.
     
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    Whoops, I already ate it. Guess I was being fed lies.
     
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    @sun rise You've listened to the song "Selling the news" by Switchfoot right? Great song to set the mood of the topic. :)
     
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    Here's another anti-Iran biased source....
    Iran accuses US of LYING about ‘suspicious’ attack on oil tankers
    It offers this "history", but without mentioning the several US attacks upon their once democratic government, waging an unprovoked proxy war against Iran (killing a million), or shooting down a civilian Iranian airliner (killing hundreds).

    Damn Brits....urging us into war.
     
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    Did you mean to post this in this thread or the other thread?
     
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    I checked.
    Yes, it belongs here as an example of media bias.
    In this case, The Sun omits some history in order to increase
    anti-Iran hostilities, & to sanitize history for Ameristanian benefit.
     
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    Well, there's always the other side to the story: If Iran does something it will ‘bravely’ announce it, military chief says in response to accusations of oil tanker incidents

     
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    That's how bias is so often expressed, ie,
    they tell the preferred side of the story.
     
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    But even if they hear the other side of the story, it still ends up getting all twisted around and distorted. People are already programmed to believe that Iran is some evil enemy, so whatever they say is heard through that filter.
     
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    Aye, & the media will reinforce that.
     
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