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blackstripes
alright... here's something to ask a lot of ppl out there. how much do u believe in television? and this only goes towards any news channel. would u actually believe in everything they say? news reporters always and i mean ALWAYS alter their story no matter what. it's their job! ofcourse they gotta get listeners out there. so how much bs do u think the reporter would throw in to their stories? probably 65% if u ask me
Aiz
Every thing is about viewer ratings and the such. Even news channels can be affected by several things including political inclination of the network and how they present or what they add to the story that can make it "sell" better. There's no surprise there. If I want to find some news, there are some networks that do relatively well with the presentation like CNN and such because they have a reputation to uphold so they can't really tell their reporters to go and make up stuff that would sell better.

But all in all, I still trust the media more than I trust the American government <.< go figure.
ocalhoun
Heck no, I consider them completely biased.
I trust them to report crimes.
I don't trust them to report politics.
I don't trust them to report the weather.
supra33202
All large news channel are owned by large companies. I think Disney owns ABC. I think CNN is kind of biased too. So, I guess it is better to try other alternative sources of information.
dsk
yes yes yes
dutters
i do believe in television but i am not a low life who sits in front of it all day and night. i would know what is right or wrong (as i am not stupid lol)
nanjundamurthy
everything is being commercialised now-a-days..naturally news channels are drawn into it..but i think all are not unbiased..quite a few of them try to show down at least one political party..and every channel wants to be the first to report anything..so they resort to speculations and bluffing..i feel televisions should never be trusted for news..
watersoul
All news stories are biased in some way or other, especially when they're being pumped out to the mainstream. I keep an open mind and watch the terrestrial news channel's just to see what the masses believe when I'm chatting to everyday people.
The craziest thing I notice is reading a news story on the BBC then seeing the different slant of the same story on perhaps Canadian, Australian, New Zealand or US news sites - sometimes subtle, but sometimes vastly different, especially when the UK courts have put a ban on the release of certain information to home based media companies! ...thank goodness for the internet!
standready
Simply - NO! They only "report" for ratings. Why else are there promos for news shows and teases for things coming up on the newscast.
spring567
40%
snowynight
The news channel. I don't think any newspapers or news on tv are absolutely correct or just. You can check your home news reported by nytimes or washington post. Then you will find that news is dominated by the government or reporters own will, sometimes even their ill will.

But sure, you can judge the news using your own mind. News offers a source, not the final decision.
phal
Television is very useful for news information.
j_f_k
imho if you want news - television is a complete waste of time - especially sky news. They are so selective with their stories and each story has to be dumbed down to a few minutes so as not to lose viewer interest -

also the vast majorityof 'newsworthy' stories don't lend themselves to good pictures - adminittedly some do (natural disasters are a good example) - but for the ones that don't - you either have distracting graphics getting in the way of a good story or a picture of a newsreader reading the story.

even with the weather report - television graphics doesn't add a lot to what you want to see the report for in the first place.

Radio is a little better because they don't have the problem of selecting stories that have good 'picture' quality howevr they still have the problem of keeping listener interest.

Nothing beats an old-fashioned newspaper (or a new-fashioned online newspaper or news service!) - provided your newspaper isn't designed for rednecked halfwits (sun/mirror/news of the world) or blatantly biased (telegraph/guardian).

If you like a story you can drill down and read it as much as you want or if its a bore you can skip it completely.
ehpc
Television is a brainwashing machine. Escpecially if it's owned by State or monopolistic corporation.
erlendhg
Unfortunately(?), my family believe in almost everything that is said on the news on our Norwegian TV channel.

But then I also believe that most of it is true, because unlike for instance USA, the news on Norwegian TV is not dominated with competition, and the need to produce a "scoop". After all, we do not have lots and lots of different TV channels that have to compete. In our home, we have four channels, and two of them are from the same company, NRK (Norway's national broadcast).

Everything is much more calm and serious. Still, I can be fooled by this, but that is my opinion.
Gonzalo
Mostly in all 3rd world countries (like my Argentina) have a really bad press, journalists that call personal opinions and yellowishness on the global communications.
saluta
Well, I too am living in a third world country. And although some times journalists and the media over exaggerate on things, the point is, television is the only means for one to be able to gather information regarding the recent events and happenings, national or international news.
Alaskacameradude
I went to broadcasting school to learn to work in TV news. They teach you to be unbiased and
ethical....they have actual classes on this. Of course, once you get into the 'real world' and have
that first job, you have pressure on you to do 'good' stories and 'scoop' the other stations.
And news stations pay utter crap for salary and expect lots and lots of hours out of you.
Those things all seem to combine to cause SOME TV reporters to make questionable decisions...
cause if they get some BIG stories, they can try to command a bigger salary. I just decided
to get out of TV news and start my own video production company, cause I was sick of the
long hours and low pay....I had a college degree after all and they wanted to pay me McDonalds
wages.
rockacola
IMO, The percentage of 'facts' and 'righteous information' has plunge since late 90s, where news start to have a hint of entertainment and gossips and then just get further and further away from reality.
pashmina
Well it depends on which channels I am watching. If I am watching something like CNN or BBC, I believe the news 98%, but if I am watching an Indian New channel I can only believe 50% of its contents. Most of the stuffs they report are garbage and its timepass to watch and laugh about it.
erlendhg
Alaskacameradude wrote:
I went to broadcasting school to learn to work in TV news. They teach you to be unbiased and
ethical....they have actual classes on this. Of course, once you get into the 'real world' and have
that first job, you have pressure on you to do 'good' stories and 'scoop' the other stations.
And news stations pay utter crap for salary and expect lots and lots of hours out of you.
Those things all seem to combine to cause SOME TV reporters to make questionable decisions...
cause if they get some BIG stories, they can try to command a bigger salary. I just decided
to get out of TV news and start my own video production company, cause I was sick of the
long hours and low pay....I had a college degree after all and they wanted to pay me McDonalds
wages.


That's too bad. It is exactly what is corrupting today's news broadcasts, isn't it?
ftv_flung
It's annoying when they say "we're just getting news in of blah" - it's always a race for the news channels... not about what they say.... they should wait until they have genuine information that's of use to the viewers...
PatTheGreat42
I believe in television. I think I saw one once, and I tried to take a picture, but it came out all fuzzy.
Zombie
You can't believe what you see on tv, and you cant believe what you hear on the radio... at least not all of it
HamsterMan
I don't believe anything unless it is parroted by 2000 people on the internet with some decent sources to back it up.
bonestorm74
I think you have to have more than one source for your information. Relying on one broadcaster can certainly lead to bias and agendas of the particular broadcaster. I try to get a more balanced view from newspapers and other online sources.
chatrack
My vision about television is that it is very good way of fast and effective communication.

Too much viewing can cause eye problems. me a victim of that!
biljap
I don’t believe too much, I just listen to the information I want to be aware of… I don’t remember when I’ve heard a correct weather prediction! Confused
missdixy
Not really. It's important to know what's going on in the world, but it's also important to remember that the media is the media after all... Confused
Dean_The_Great
It depends what they're reporting. If they're saying that the Queen of England died, they're probably not making that up. It's when they talk about rise and falls of trends and then they get their "professional" to tell us their opinion like it's fact. That skews the story into something it isn't entirely.
Crazy_Canuck
It's a fine line, that is for sure. I think too many people blindly believe everything they see or hear, without stopping to think, "how really accurate is this ?"
tony
everything is biased. THis is my theory.
Crazy_Canuck
The other thing that bothers me about "news" today is that it too often crosses the line into entertainment. I really would rather not see coverage of the latest O.J. trial on the evening news. There has got to be more important things that could be discussed during that time.
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