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  • 1.  Fact: something that can be proven  Opinion: something that someone feels/believes  Often, opinion is not clearly stated in writing. Bias is the unstated point of view that reader must detect.  Based on language use and information used and left out.
  • 2.  Persuasive (“loaded”) language  Misquoting a source  Selective facts  Distorting or stretching the facts  Flawed research
  • 3. “Joseph McCarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred „card carrying‟ Communists had infiltrated the United States government” (“McCarthyism”).
  • 4. FACT
  • 5. “the House Un-American- Activities Committee (HUAC) had been formed in 1938 as an anti-Communist organ” (“McCarthyism”).
  • 6. Fact
  • 7. “His zealous campaigning ushered in one of the most repressive times in 20th- century American politics” (“McCarthyism”).
  • 8. Opinion
  • 9. “Senator Joseph McCarthy, with his reckless charges of spies and „consympsy‟ occupied the front pages, while behind the scenes J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the F.B.I., presided over and manipulated a vast internal security bureaucracy issuing periodic bulletins intended to fan the flames of the domestic cold war” (“The Demons of Salem, With Us Still”).
  • 10. Opinion
  • 11. “When he [Arthur Miller] was finally summoned to appear, the committee chairman, Representative Francis Walters, let Mr. Miller know that things might go easier for him if he persuaded his fiancée, Marilyn Monroe, to pose for a photograph with the chairman” (“The Demons of Salem, With Us Still”).
  • 12. Fact