Balanced and Fair

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 12:14pm

the things they broadcast should not be considered 100% fact or truth

Exactly!

Neither should the other media sources these days.

Other sources are better....From the previous link:

But the real finding is that the results depend on what media sources people turn to for
their news. For example, people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour
cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their
government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news
sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers
are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their
government than those who watch no news.


"Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by
Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News," said Dan Cassino, a
professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind
Poll. "Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that
leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at
all."

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 10:19am

As I have posted before, it is no surprise that Fox would have better ratings than other news sources since 50% of the country is conservative and they broadcast what conservatives want to hear. The rest of the media outlets are either balanced or lean left so the other 50% (whether democrats or independents) are disbursed among those outlets.

In other words, Fox is not #1 in ratings because they are "right" or "fair and balanced" - they pander to the right which is fine if ratings are your goal - but the things they broadcast should not be considered 100% fact or truth. Neither should the other media sources these days.

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 11:54pm

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts." The late, great U.S. Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY.

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 11:52pm
It's odd, really, that the idea of requiring news broadcasters to be fundamentally honest about the information they project across the nation and into our homes sounds radical. Surely we wouldn't argue that we

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