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Chapter 19. Cast a Critical Eye > An Embarrassment of Riches - Pg. 217

Cast a Critical Eye 217 Find the Hidden Agenda: Bias Every source is biased, because every source has a point of view. Bias is not necessarily bad, as long as you recognize it as such and take it into account as you evaluate and use the source. For example, an article on hunting published in Field and Stream is likely to have a very different slant from an article on the same subject published in Vegetarian Times . Bias in reference sources can take many forms. First, a writer or speaker can lie outright. Or, a writer may be more subtle, inventing false data that masquerade as "facts." In addition, dishonest writers often twist what their opponents have said. To misrepresent this way, they reduce a complex ar- gument to ridicule or skip over an important element. These problems all result from oversimplifi- cation. Word Watch Reducing a complicated argument to mockery is called oversimplification.