On Radio 4 this morning we had a classic example of subtle bias which can be worse than blatant bias if repeated often enough - as it is.
The topic was about the homeless and the reporter asked the homeless person a question in this way :-
" People believe that homelessness is caused mainly by drugs and alcoholic dependency but THAT ISN'T TRUE IS IT?
This allowed, the no doubt handpicked, homeless person to reply :-
" No it is not I was just made redundant...........etc"
So far you may not see the above example as bias but when I ask you to consider if a reporter would EVER ask a Conservative MP the question below you may understand where I'm coming from.
" People believe the Conservatives are still the nasty party but THAT ISN'T TRUE IS IT?"
Exactly - I rest my case.