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Is Sarah Koenig Biased?

Does Adnan Syed deserve the blame for Hae Min Lee’s murder? This is something Sarah Koenig, the narrator of the “Serial Podcast” has been trying to answer for over a year. She has done lots of research on the case of Hae’s murder, and is trying to make a podcast that will debunk all evidence from the case to see if Adnan really is innocent. While many times she seems to be fair, some argue that she is biased for or against someone. There are many ways to tell when someone is biased. Her bias can be judged by the way she talks, the facts she presents, and her conclusion at the end of the podcast.
The way Sarah talks is very questioning. She questions everything about the case, whether it is the state’s case against Adnan, Adnan’s story, or Jay’s story. Her tone of voice never quite says she
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If she presented only facts against one person, there would clearly be bias, but Sarah is neutral when it comes to the facts presented. She had an episode of the podcast to explain what the state’s case said happened. She then had another podcast with Adnan, and Jay’s stories along with friends and professionals to back up her claim that the state’s case was a mess. Along with facts, she points out where someone’s stories conflict with either another person’s story, and even their own story. Yet again, Sarah is not biased in the facts she presents.
At the end of the podcast, Sarah makes a final conclusion of over a year of research and interviews. Normally this would be a “yes, he is guilty” or “he is innocent” type of answer, but Sarah says that there are too many unknowns about the case, and no solid evidence. She said she hopes that DNA testing will prove if Adnan is actually the murderer, but she can not say exactly who did it yet as nobody knows. This proves that she is definitely not biased, as she would have taken a side, and after a year of research she has still stayed neutral to both

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