I spotted a new Firefox extension called SpinSpotter today. The program claims that it can highlight instances of bias in news stories for neutral-minded journalism students. My expectations for it were never very high, but I came away from it thinking it an able demonstration of why journalism school ought to be avoided. I set its filter to the most sensitive setting, and then surfed over to the New York Times, a reliable source of left-center bias. The result? Here’s the only highlight I managed to find after surfing through a number of politics items:
I won’t hold my breath for this program.