objectivity and an online bias tool

Here’s the latest attempt to apply the “wisdom of crowds” idea to measuring and identifying news bias.  Spinspotter.com thinks it can improve transparency by having readers flag problems in news texts.  Others aren’t so sure.

A proprietary algorithm locates words and phrases that violate six tenets culled from the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics code: personal voice, lack of balance, passive voice, biased source, disregarded content and selective disclosure. ( ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP)

The challenge of course is how can one truly know if a story is objective without having access to the underlying reality a report purports to represent?


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