The best place for Terrell to look for balanced information is a, the Congressional Budget Office. It is what its name implies: a non-partisan organization that pro

Determining Bias

While every author, like every person, has opinions about most subjects, authors of factual information are often assumed to be without such bias. Bias in this context refers to a preference that makes one prejudiced. Newspaper and television reporters, for example, are expected to deliver the facts without offering an opinion. However, you should never assume a lack of bias. As a skeptical reader, be aware of its existence and keep an eye out for it. The more you agree with an author or a subject, the more you should consider whether it is biased.

For example, the 24-hour cable news channel, Fox News, uses the phrase "fair and balanced" to describe its coverage. However, there are many critics who have accused the channel of being biased. Try watching and reading the news from a variety of sources. Check for differences in story coverage: who spent more time on the four-alarm fire than on the orphanage story? Who skipped the orphanage story to cover more of a politician's hand-shaking opportunities that day? You may also be interested in finding out more about the reporters and commentators who deliver the news. Are they former politicians or political speech writers? Do they have affiliations with special interest groups? What, if any, are their biases?

vides budget analysis for the government. You may infer from the names of the National Rifle Association, Alliance of Defense Contractors, and Center for World Peace that they are organizations with very specific agendas. They would therefore probably not be good sources of objective information.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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