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Drop own biases to not fall for fake news, journalists urge media studs

Drop own biases to not fall for fake news, journalists urge media studs

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN ONE MUST remove his/her personal biases when judging the truth of a news, veteran journalists from the Philippine Star told students in a digital news literacy seminar held Feb.19. Matikas Santos, online editor of philstar.com, warned of the dangers of “confirmation bias,” the tendency to accept information that reinforces one’s beliefs. “[T]his is what the people who make fake news are after. They want to entice you to be even [angrier]. […] It becomes even more extreme, your views, then you are even more unlikely to have an open mind,” Santos said. “It’s not news that’s biased. It’s actually you that’s biased towards yourself,” he added. Santos encouraged the students to question and challenge the claims of authority and refuse to blindly belie...