Is it any wonder people think the media is biased — Part Two
Paul Dughi

My comment and several other comments to part one of this post point out the changes in commercial news organizations over the past couple of decades — the elimination of a fairness requirement and the imposition of a profit incentive — but in this second part you give just passing attention to the entertainment and sales aspects of the problem, instead focusing again on laziness and ignorance. Why keep harping on issues of character when there are more prevalent issues of structure that explain the trends?

Actually, by demonstrating a lack of familiarity with what social psychology terms ‘the fundamental attribution error’ you are confirming your own outlook, in which ignorance and laziness are to blame. I prefer to think that people working in these fields are trying their best, and are being nudged by the conditions of employment and distribution into producing work judged by entertainment-industry standards instead of by journalistic standards.

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