We all have opinions. Sometimes it’s hard to hold back our own judgement; to step back and take a more complete look at the situation on hand. Instead, we often end up hinting at what we really feel, or even wholeheartedly being truthful about how we feel about something.
Often times, having strong opinions on controversial news topics can be considered as being biased. Being biased can be described as having a certain inclination for or against a certain group. While there are many news outlets that try to be unbiased, not all succeed. Some take a more conservative tone, others a more liberal one – regardless of whether they are aware of it. News coverage does not always bring cold hard truth – unbiased news reporting and sources are hard to come by. This makes news consumption much more difficult when we want to be able to form our own opinions, not to have them forced upon us.
Perhaps the solution to this is providing a wide coverage from various sources of news channels. Broad coverage will allow you to compare articles from different sources about same topic. By comparing the sources side by side, you can more easily tell what kind of stance each take. A wider breadth could result in a deeper understanding of the information. This could also bring you all different opinions and perspectives on the same story, adding to your own understanding.
Do you think broad coverage is a way to get unbiased news reporting?