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Daily Source Bias Check: Harvard Gazette

LEAST BIASED

These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes: The Harvard Gazette is the official news website of Harvard University, and highlights innovation and discovery in teaching, learning, and research. The Harvard Gazette presents all news with proper sourcing and does not use loaded language. There is very little political bias as they tend to be evidence based.

Source: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/

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3 Comments on Daily Source Bias Check: Harvard Gazette

  1. bluecat57 // June 10, 2017 at 8:19 am //

    I recently started following your blog, but it has yet to make it to the top of the hundred plus articles a day that I tag. But with a “Least Biased” for ANY university publication, let alone a Harvard one, I had to read this post.

    Instinctively I can NOT believe a word in the sentence “…presents all news with proper sourcing and does not use loaded language. There is very little political bias as they tend to be evidence based.” Let me break it down.

    “all” – In life, whenever you see the word “all” or any other all-encompassing word you should immediately question everything that follows. For a publication that means that every one of the hundreds of articles it publishes every year need to be tested. I don’t think zero is ever a good measure, but I would expect 80% or more of the sample should meet whatever criteria are set forth. (And yes, I know that I am not following that rule in the last sentence. Zero is seldom a “reasonable” goal. I know of one place where “zero” IS a good measure – the programs that run our space vehicles since there is no “backup” plan if they fail. But, this makes me curious about Soyuz programming.)

    “proper sourcing” – “proper” by whose standard? And wouldn’t the “sourcing” bias the “all news”?

    “does NOT use loaded language” – I’m sorry, but what college student or university research has ever NOT used “loaded” language? When I read about what is happening on university campuses around the world I often can’t even comprehend what the students and faculty are trying to communicate. Not because I don’t understand the words being used, but I can’t imagine how they can possibly reach the conclusions they are trying to communicate using simple, traditional human logic. (How’s that for a biased sentence?)

    “very little political bias” – Just what are you smoking, drinking and popping all at once to make you even think there is the remotest chance that a university publication has very little bias of ANY type?

    “evidence based” – Please define the term “evidence.” Again, if the source is biased, then anything “based” on that source has an inherent bias.

    I did peruse the headline links that you provided for the publication and was surprised by how “right biased” many of the HEADLINES sounded. It will take me some time to actually read and form my own opinion of those stories supposedly written “… with proper sourcing and does not use loaded language. There is very little political bias as they tend to be evidence based.” I am skeptical of the editorial “Notes” and headline selection. Was that an “objective” analysis, or was it based on the faulty survey results? (see below)

    I did check out your analysis of the “Drudge Report” and understand how a “news aggregator” that links to many “Left” biased sources can be considered “Right” biased. So, I could understand why the “Harvard Gazette” could be considered “Least Biased.”

    Since, as I stated above, this is the first time I have read one of the Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC News) posts, I have not analyzed your methodology (which I have now added to my reading list after following the link at the MBFC News website), but am glad that you point out that the biases of the MBFC News staff make the results not 100% objective.

    But I’m pretty sure that your rating of “Least Biased” has something to do with the faulty survey options you are using for the “Harvard Gazette.” I have a screen shot, but here is the text from the PollDaddy link I followed:

    “How do you rate: Harvard Gazette?
    Least Biased
    Left
    Left-Center
    Least Biased
    Right-Center
    Right
    Extreme Right”

    There is no “Extreme Left” option. (Which I would have instinctively chosen.) I viewed the results and see that there are TWO “Least Biased” bars and that 50% rate it “Left”. Add to that about 20% from one of the “Least Biased” votes and you have around 70% of the respondents rating the “Harvard Gazette” “Left” of “Least Biased.” Since 30% put it “Left” and 20% put it in what I am guessing should have been the “Extreme Left”, I’m guessing my instincts will be proven correct and I will find “Harvard Gazette” very left biased.

    And now for a little sincere pandering (That’s not the right word, nor is patronizing or condescending. The right word is “appreciation.”), thank you for putting in the hard work needed to produce MBFC News. I hope to find it a trusted source for checking the bias of the sites I run across during my daily search for “truth, justice and the American way.”

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  2. Thanks for your input. Also, thanks for pointing out the error on the survey. Please note the survey does not have any impact on the rating. The rating is 100% done by a human reviewer. The survey is just to allow people to share their 2 cents and to see how the public views it. I will correct the survey today.

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