Brit Hume, the Washington Journalist, was the first person I ever heard speak about media bias in a way that made it seem less insidious. Check out this video, it gives you the gist of his take on this issue:
So here's the exercise: If I read a headline or the major issue of the day, I reverse the characters in the story. If I still care about it then I recognize that the outrage is justified, if I become more apathetic then I realize it is my own bias kicking in.
I invite you to do the same, I think if all of us begin to think critically, without our inherent bias about right and wrong we may begin to make progress. Here are some examples:
Lena Dunham is someone I find quite repellent under normal circumstances, she recently wrote a book and conservatives were in an uproar about some of the stories she told about her sister. I was completely grossed out. I used my bias trick and substituted Bristol Palin, who is someone I view in a positive light. When I did that, I was still creeped out but did not view it with the vehemence I did when it was someone that I disagreed with.
I inherently do not care for President Obama. When I hear a story about him that makes me crazy, I substitute Ronald Reagan in the story to see if I still care. Most of the time, I can catch my party bias this way.
At the end of the day, we are all biased. We all approach circumstances or stories with our own preconceived notions of what is right and what is wrong. We care about things that are important to us, this is perfectly all right but we must be honest with ourselves, we must critically think, we must look at ourselves with true glasses. If we do this, we obtain a self awareness sorely lacking in Reality TV America.