bushpilot
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How About Some News Media Responsibility?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:13 am

Now I fully supportive of the first amendment. Let us not make that mistake at all. But I am calling for some responsibility of the news media organizations about lies, falsehoods, and most importantly sensationalism.

Am I the only one tired of false alarms, misinformation, gossip, and opinion being portrayed as news?
As a consumer in this market, I have taken the only real choice I have in changing the way the news media goes about its business, and that is not to watch it, read it etc, or as little as possible. I do find myself visiting local and state wide news sites, I dont have cable TV, so I dont get CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. But what recourse as the consumer to this "information" do we have when it comes to them reporting incorrect or hyped information?
 
TedTAce
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RE: How About Some News Media Responsibility?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:30 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Thread starter):
But what recourse as the consumer to this "information" do we have when it comes to them reporting incorrect or hyped information?

With terms like "allegedly", "reportedly", and "according to sources", you have almost no choice from a legal point of view. The only thing you can do is try to convince others that what the media is doing is wrong, and hope they listen. The problem with that is you are fighting culture and the TV version of Wal-mart. most people really don't like the media or the images shown, but as they have no will power to stop it they succumb to it's hypnotic messages of death, disaster, and destruction.


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RE: How About Some News Media Responsibility?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:36 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Thread starter):
But what recourse as the consumer to this "information" do we have when it comes to them reporting incorrect or hyped information?

Stop buying it and watching it. Unfortunately, it is the "if it bleeds it leads" mentality that drives US media to report as soon as possible without taking basic steps to verify the event.
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11Bravo
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RE: How About Some News Media Responsibility?

Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:02 pm

Quoting Bushpilot (Thread starter):
But I am calling for some responsibility of the news media organizations about lies, falsehoods, and most importantly sensationalism.

It sells copy plain and simple.

I guess what really bugs me is the stuff that really isn't news and the droning on and on about stuff in complete disproportion to its significance.

The death Anna Nicole Smith's son for example; that's perhaps a real story, but it shouldn't be the lead story for two days,... good grief.

The earthquake in Hawaii last week was still being called "Breaking News" 14 hours after it happened. It's a story, sure, but it really wasn't that big a deal. Mention it and move along.

I think the trend toward sensationalism and the trivial has gotten much worse in just the last two years or so. I used to be a hard-core news junkie, but I'll bet I only watch and read 20% of what I used to because the quality is so poor. In terms of TV stuff, the only halfway decent thing on anymore is The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The rest is crap.
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PSA727
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RE: How About Some News Media Responsibility?

Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:39 am

I try to watch Deutsche Welle or BBC news as much as possible.
American media outlets do a poor job of reporting all of the news
from around the world, it's mostly just domestic concerns.

What angers me is the continual focus on single news stories, over
and over again, especially when there is little or no new developments
to the stories. They could easily fill in that air time with news
from around the world, but they choose not to.

I guess that's the problem with so many 24-hour news networks!
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