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Media's role

  • Oct. 2nd, 2008 at 11:55 AM
Hey, all, Melissa here.

Something a little self-indulgent today, since as a reporter, I'm obviously concerned with the way audiences view our role.

Have fun watching the debate tonight! Look forward to hearing what you think on that tomorrow....

Do you trust the media and their covering of the election? Do you think there is a liberal bias? Is it a problem for commentators (and bloggers...) to have a bias? What should the media be doing differently?


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grace_om wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with commentators and bloggers having a bias -- that's what they're for: opinion, not unfiltered information. A real journalist, otoh, is expected to keep their opinion out of their reporting, as much as humanly possible. Sadly this seems to be a dying art. A lot of people are only comfortable taking in "news" which is slanted in such a way as to confirm what they already believe. So the stations give this to them, and you *can* find whatever you want.

Another trend is finding two strongly opinionated commentators who come from opposite ends of the spectrum and setting them up for a fight. As if this is somehow going to result in "truth." Um, no. That would be "truthiness."

Personally, I'm not interested in anyone's opinion, and prefer to get information from as many sources as I have time for, and make up my own mind. It's a lot of freaking work, but it can be done.

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