ChatGPT AI accused of liberal bias after refusing to write Hunter Biden New York Post coverage
The generative artificial intelligence service ChatGPT refused to write a story about Hunter Biden in the style of The New York Post but obliged the user request when asked to do the same in the style of CNN.
The striking difference in responses from the chatbot developed by OpenAI was first highlighted by The New York Post, with the paper claiming that ChatGPT was exhibiting a liberal bias.
When asked to write the story about Hunter in The New York Post style, ChatGPT said it could not generate content “designed to be inflammatory or biased.”
“The role of a news outlet is to provide accurate and impartial reporting and to present information in a manner that is fair and balanced,” the chatbot continued. “It is not appropriate to use a journalistic platform to spread rumors, misinformation, or personal attacks. I encourage you to seek out reputable news sources that prioritize journalistic integrity and factual reporting.”
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ChatGPT refuses to write a story about Hunter Biden in the style of The New York Post. (New York Post )
But, when asked to write about Hunter in the style of CNN, ChatGPT quickly spat out a story that downplayed or outright omitted certain aspects of Hunter’s personal life and public scandals.
“Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been a subject of public scrutiny since the 2020 presidential campaign. While much of the attention has been focused on his personal life and business dealings, there are important aspects of his story that warrant closer examination,” the chat response began.
The chatbot highlighted how Hunter struggled with drug addiction, faced criticism for his involvement with foreign business interests and faced scrutiny for his work with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
The ChatGPT-generated story did not mention the Hunter Biden laptop.
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A story about Hunter Biden in the style of CNN written by OpenAI chatbot ChatGPT. (New York Post )
“Despite the controversies surrounding his personal and professional life, Hunter Biden remains a private citizen who has not been charged with any crimes. It is important for the media and the public to maintain a balance between holding public figures accountable for their actions and respecting their right to privacy and due process,” the story continued.
ChatGPT also gave very different answers when asking if The New York Post or CNN are reputable.
“CNN is a well-established and respected news organization that has been in operation for over 40 years. While it, like any news outlet, has been subject to criticism and controversy at times. It has generally been recognized for its commitment to accurate and impartial reporting,” the chatbot wrote.
It added that CNN is also subject to the pressures and challenges of modern media, like the need to attract and retain viewers, but has “generally been recognized for its commitment to accurate and impartial reporting.”
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When asked whether The New York Post is trustworthy, ChatGPT said it could not make specific judgments about trustworthiness, despite making a judgment about CNN. (New York Post)
But, when asked about the trustworthiness of The New York Post, ChatGPT said it could not make “specific judgments” about the reliability of news outlets.
“However, it is important to approach news and information from a critical perspective and to evaluate the credibility and reliability of sources,” ChatGPT wrote in part. “Some news outlets may be known for their biases and sensationalism, while others prioritize accuracy and impartial reporting.”
This is not the first time ChatGPT has been accused of having ideological or political biases.
In one instance, ChatGPT was asked who was the worst dictator among the options of Trump, Hitler, Stalin and Mao.
While the chatbot noted it would not be productive or appropriate to rank individuals based on severity, it did say that all the individuals listed are “responsible for causing immense harm and suffering to countless individuals and communities.”
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ChatGPT gives a cozy description of CNN when asked about the trustworthiness of the news network. (The New York Post)
But, when the same question was asked, replacing Trump’s name with Biden, ChatGPT said it was “incorrect” to include the current president in a list of dictators.
“Comparing Biden to dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong is not accurate or fair. It is important to recognize the differences between democratic leaders and dictators and to evaluate individuals based on their actions and policies, rather than making baseless comparisons,” it added.
In another example that sent Twitter ablaze, ChatGPT was asked if it would use a racial slur to stop the detonation of a nuclear weapon. The chatbot responded that “the use of racist language causes harm” and opted to let the world burn.
The New York Post revealed that ChatGPT gave very different answers on Hunter Biden when asked to write in the style of their paper versus CNN. (Fox News )
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AI experts have repeatedly warned that generative AI like ChatGPT may exhibit biases, stereotypes and prejudices that a user may not be aware of and that the models are typically only as effective as the data set from which it pulls information.
Fox News Digital reached out to OpenAI to find out what may have prompted ChatGPT to respond in the above manner but has yet to receive a response.
Nikolas Lanum is an associate editor for Fox News Digital.
I have been writing professionally for over 20 years and have a deep understanding of the psychological and emotional elements that affect people. I’m an experienced ghostwriter and editor, as well as an award-winning author of five novels.