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PSPL 101 - Introduction to American Government - Wells

This guide has been created to help with your work for Professor Wells' PSPL 101 class.

Bias?

It's not difficult to find political information on the Internet. How much of it is reliable and unbiased?

Try it yourself!

Blank copy of Vanessa Otero's Media Bias Chart

Social media apps seen on a smartphone screen

Differing views on the news

Look for varied coverage of the same issue in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Internet Media

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. It is headquartered at Broadcasting House in London, and is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,950 staff in total.

CNBC (originally Consumer News and Business Channel) is an American basic cable, internet and satellite business news television channel that is owned by NBCUniversal News Group, a division of NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast. The network primarily carries business day coverage of U.S. and international financial markets; following the end of the business day and on non-trading days, CNBC primarily carries financial and business-themed documentaries and reality shows.

United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations for most of the 20th century. At its peak, it had more than 6,000 media subscribers. Since the first of several sales and staff cutbacks in 1982, and the 1999 sale of its broadcast client list to its rival, the Associated Press, UPI has concentrated on smaller information-market niches.

Newsweek is an American weekly news magazine founded in 1933. It is the second-largest news weekly magazine in the U.S., having trailed Time in circulation and advertising revenue for most of its existence. It is published in four English language editions and 12 global editions written in the language of the circulation region.

TIME is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. TIME has the world's largest circulation for a weekly news magazine, and has a readership of 26 million, 20 million of which are based in the United States.