Politico Gives Joni Ernst "Crazy Eyes"

By Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist - January 19, 2015

Of the many ways that the media exhibit bias, two of the most difficult to talk about are story selection and photo selection. Story selection is when the media choose to run certain stories over other stories. At the beginning of December, for instance, the Washington Post ran more than a dozen breathless stories about a low-level Capitol Hill staffer insulting the First Family on her Facebook page. That shows bias in story selection.


Rarely do viewers and readers think about photo selection bias even though it’s a major issue for many stories. When reporting a news or feature, photo departments might have dozens, hundreds or even thousands of photos to choose from. Figuring out the right one is part art and part science. But it’s a dangerous area for bias.

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