I agree--it's very hard to be completely unbiased, no matter how hard you try. What's more important, I think, is to recognize the bias and look at the underlying information. Is it true? Does anything back it up? Does the information come from a reputable source? If the source is anonymous, can it be backed up by an independent source? If the information is based on research, can the research be replicated? Even harder is recognizing our own confirmation bias--is this true even if I don't want it to be true? How much chaff do you have to go through to get to the underlying wheat kernel, and is that kernel good or rotten--will it nourish or poison?* As librarians, and especially as medical librarians, I would like to think we're good at recognizing bias and whether the information is supported by sound research, science, history, etc. We know when to look at results with a grain of salt and when to bring along the entire salt lick. After all, if we give a surgeon an article that argues that hand washing, gloves, and masks are unnecessary frills, someone could die. I seem to have strayed from news to a discourse on critical thinking. Oh well. *I think Mark Twain would call that metaphor "hauling off and being literary." Or something less polite. Sorry... Fred King expressing ONLY HIS OWN OPINIONS, however biased or unbiased they may be Medical Librarian, MedStar Washington Hospital Center [log in to unmask] 202-877-6670 ORCID 0000-0001-5266-0279 After disassembling and inspecting the humidifier, I've determined that the main problem with it is that someone took it apart. --XKCD -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of King, Samuel Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:20 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: most unbiased news source survey The reality is many people, whether liberal or conservative, tend to believe the news sources which reflect their own personal biases are "unbiased". Therefore, many liberals will choose PBS/NBC/CNN/NYT as being "unbiased' and many conservatives will choose Fox/ Breitbart/ One America News/WSJ as being unbiased. Newsflash!! All the above are biased toward one particular ideology or other. To think otherwise is being terribly naïve. That is the truth as I see it, as imperfect as I am. ... SamuelKing, MLS Library Manager, Assistant Professor Library and Learning Resources MCPHS University 1260 Elm Street | ManchesterNH03101 T 603.314.1717 [log in to unmask] https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mcphs.edu&d=DwIFaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=e2t0K2W89oj9kTOVZ4p8vQ_QnPq-V7t8LefRtnGsM2E&s=wB4AD0MfUkgH__6dkIknQiu9d_nSj9LD7t4IegmSYRA&e= MCPHS University Confidentiality Note: This e-mail, and any attachment to it, is intended to be confidential and might be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that reading, copying, disseminating or distributing this email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately return it to the sender and delete it from your system. Thank you. -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dorothy Fleishman Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:53 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: most unbiased news source survey PBS News Hour Dorothy Fleishman On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 9:24 AM, Dalton, Deborah <[log in to unmask] > wrote: > I would like to know what people find the most unbiased news source > these days -= print or otherwise. > > Thanks so much! > > Deborah Dalton, Information Specialist Northeast Center for > Occupational Health and Safety Agriculture | Forestry | Fishing One > Atwell Rd. > Cooperstown , NY 13326 > 800.343.7527 # 2207 > https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.necenter.org&d > =DwIFaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51I > kP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=e2t0K2W89oj9kTOVZ4p8vQ_QnPq-V7t8LefRtn > GsM2E&s=s02WOrYHKu6To4TBQLR8fwYcJL_-oQcyBaNM1YJd0ZI&e= > [NEC logo 2014 .jpg] > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- MedStar Health is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system, the largest in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. Nationally recognized for clinical quality in heart, orthopaedics, cancer and GI. IMPORTANT: This e-mail (including any attachments) may contain information that is private, confidential, or protected by attorney-client or other privilege. If you received this e-mail in error, please delete it from your system without copying it and notify sender by reply e-mail, so that our records can be corrected... Thank you. Help conserve valuable resources - only print this email if necessary.