Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Faux News: Live and/or Learn

More on "Garbage In"

Fox News makes people patriotic but stupid...but what can be expected from one of the main mouthpieces of the lying liars? But, as Jim Lobe points out in his Alternet article, commercial television news, in general, is guilty of purveying untruths and misperceptions.

From the article:

"This is a dangerously revealing study," said Marvin Kalb, a former television correspondent and a senior fellow of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

While Kalb said he had some reservations about the specificity of the questions directed at the respondents, he noted that, "People who have had a strong belief that there is an unholy alliance between politics and the press now have more evidence." Fox, in particular, has been accused of pursuing a chauvinistic agenda in its news coverage despite its motto, "We report, you decide."


So...what are the media's obligation in debunking myths (should they ever decide to correct their ways)?

Editor & Publisher take on this question here: