Killing Granny with the Laziness Bias

Douglas, Susan J.
Date Written:  2009-09-17
Publisher:  In These Times
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9601

While it is often the case that the majority of Americans do see the light "about the need for healthcare reform, a new energy policy or affordable, high-quality day care." The dominant journalistic practices, especially in broadcast and cable news, dim the light in favor of noise. Far-right Republicans understand, almost instinctively, this preference for noise. And they appreciate "and know how to cultivate" the greatest bias in electronic journalism right now: the laziness bias. The laziness bias means you feature sensation over substance, provocative sound bites over investigative reporting, misinformation over fact.

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