Should news sources be rated?

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Should news sources be rated?
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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 10:11am

What do you think? Should news sources be rated? Should there be a "consumer guide" to news sources which ranks their accuracy and thoroughness? Or is it better to just leave the "caveat emptor" in place?

Should there be requirements in order to use the word "news" in the name of a program?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 10:27am
I don't know how that would work, though. I could just imagine the uproar with some people screaming that people are trying to shut them up.
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 11:20am
The closest I've seen is in the Washington Post where they run politicians statements though a "Fact Checker" & 'award' Pinocchio's. The more 'awards' the most fabrications.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker

 


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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 3:23pm

Fairly recently a study was done and it showed that people who watch certain news shows end out knowing less about what is going on than people who watch no news at all.

It is almost as if people trust news stations because they have the word "news" in the title. I'm beginning to think that that should change.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 3:30pm

Is it really necessary to embarrass MSNBC and CNN further?:smileyvery-happy:

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 4:16pm
In England there is so much more access to good news. For example Aljazeera provides excellent new programming. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/ There's another news program from Russia it's a bit biased but has good coverage http://rt.com/ In general people are much more informed than here in the US.

I mostly watch BBC here in the US.

Many are confused between op-eds & news. They listen to an opinion & adopt that stance without getting facts & forming their own opinion. Maybe too lazy to think for themselves?

 


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Registered: 03-18-2000
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 12:36pm
Survey: People Who Watch No News Know More Than Fox Viewers
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201111210012

 


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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 12:49pm
For people who will object to the Media Matters link:

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/
http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/outfox/
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 2:13pm

No, news sources shouldn't be rated. There would be no consensus on criterion; or how to establish and indicate levels of credibility/honesty. And how would one address the issue of fully covering a story rather than selecting/spinning just certain bits?

That said, I do think that journalists should have

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 2:37pm

I don't think this is the version I saw originally, but it is OK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DCdfOcMkdA

Q: Who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?

A: I don't know

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: Spongebob Squarepants!

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 2:39pm
It's pretty sad that those who watch Jon Stewart's show, entertainment, are more knowledgeable that the 'Fair & Balanced news'.

There's little excuse for such ignorance with all the news provided on the internet.

 


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