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Use your favorite Internet search engine to find a recent headline news story in one of the following areas: local or national politics, economics, or business news. Were some facts reported while others were ignored?

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Write a 350- to 700-word paper clarifying the importance of making critical evaluations of news stories. Use the following questions to help develop your paper:

        Was the reporting of the news story clear and accurate, with sufficient depth and breadth?

        Did the story consider alternative perspectives and worldviews?

        Were there any questionable assumptions implicit in the story?

        Were any implications ignored while others were emphasized?

        Why is it important to make distinctions when undertaking a critical evaluation?

While this story showed the sympathy and ... fully show the numbers of supporters for the radical Muslim faction that perpetrated the crime. The story concentrated mainly on the sympathetic faction of the Muslim population but overlooked ... was attempting to show the alternate view of what other media outlets were reporting. In this sense, the story is an objective source when read along with other media sources.

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