IMAGE BIAS

CAN IMAGES BE BIASED TOO?

The Matching Game

In this activity, the goal is to match the images with their respective headlines. Images help shape how we read a story and through this activity one can see exactly how much images influence our expectations of the corresponding story. In some instances, the images chosen may reflect the bias of the Journalist and/or news source.

 

http://www.umich.edu/~newsbias/imgbias.html

 

How to detect IMAGE BIAS?

 

deadCivilian

 

This “dead” civilian is pulled from the rubble. Yet only minutes earlier, the same man is seen scrambling over debris at the scene. The “dead” man is even sweating and holding his hat by his side. The New York Times was subsequently forced to issue a “correction”. The photographer then said that the problem was with the caption. The caption should have read that the man was not killed but rather injured and that the injury occurred not during an Israeli attack, but during rescue operations. Yet even that correction seems weak since the man in the picture appears in numerous media pictures without a scratch.

 

ambulance

Another photograph that appears to have been staged was the following of an alleged Israeli attack on a Lebanese ambulance. The picture became the story and was picked up by media outlets around the world. However, after analyzing the photograph, a number of experts have questioned its accuracy. It would be very hard for an Israeli air to ground missile to hit the exact center of the ambulance, where a ventilation hole happens to be, and not cause more internal damage. Yet once the photo was out, people found that accusations that Israel was attacking civilian vehicles were easier to believe.

 

 

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