Critical Compare and Contrast Essay
Select a current event (no older than a few months) that was widely covered by the media. Here are some websites where you can search for ideas:
Real Clear Politics – http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues – http://www.procon.org
The New York Times – http://nytimes.com
Drudge Report – http://www.drudgereport.com
Select at least two news articles on the current event you selected in step one.
Then answer the following questions in an essay format, taking both news articles into consideration.
What are the issues and the conclusions of each article?
What are the reasons given?
Which words or phrases do you find ambiguous?
What are the value and descriptive assumptions?
Are there any specific fallacies in the reasoning?
How good is the evidence?
Are there rival causes?
Are the statistics deceptive?
What significant information is omitted?
What reasonable conclusions are possible?