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Posts tagged with ‘Fox News’

  • Time for a revival of journalism

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on October 17, 2014
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    The dim news for the journalism industry just keeps coming. A recent Gallup news poll shows public trust of the media is at historic lows. Just 40 percent of the public has a measure of trust in the media. This long-term trend indicates trust in the media has dropped 15 percentage points during the last 15 years. Citizens say the […]
  • Serious economic analysis scarce on network TV

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on April 28, 2014
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    Network television newsrooms often must cover stories for which they have no internal experts. That’s why aeronautic engineers and pilots are put on the air to analyze airplane emergencies. Judges and lawyers are paraded out to discuss whatever sensational trial hits the news agenda. When it comes to news of the economy, however, TV news has little interest in talking […]
  • Ill-advised FCC study sets off alarm bells

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on March 17, 2014
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    The Federal Communications Commission has backed away from the senseless study it planned that would have had researchers snooping into the content decisions made in local broadcast newsrooms. While that is nice to know, the American public now needs to hear what Paul Harvey would have described as “the rest of the story.” First, it is worth noting this planned […]
  • Glad President Cannot Control News

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on February 17, 2014
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    The president of the United States is often characterized as the most powerful person in the world. In spite of the enormous power held by the leader of the free world, however, there remains one thing the president can’t do — control the news agenda. The constitutional framers created a free press to make sure the government powers-that-be couldn’t orchestrate […]
  • Free Expression: whether we like it or not.

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on January 15, 2014
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    Americans know the First Amendment guarantees free expression through speech, press, religion and assembly. It is harder, however, to know how that noble concept gets operationalized in the real world. Public pressure and courts together work to make sense of free expression, but it is a never-ending challenge. We know free speech lands somewhere between an expression free-for-all and absolute […]
  • Journalistic Blunders Hurting Confidence

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on December 18, 2013
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    Network television news executives wanting to know why ratings continue to decline can find the answer in a growing string of professional blunders within their industry. Polls show public confidence in network television news is eroding. Audiences leave to get news from the Internet, or worse, don’t consume news at all. Cable news outlets have suffered deep losses across the […]
  • Thoughts from the Waiting Room

    By Greg Kueterman on October 21, 2013
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    Now that the dust is settling from the unnecessary and self-induced drama in our nation’s capital, it’s important to step back and absorb what this was all about. Most people understand the government shutdown and near collapse of our financial foundation were about health care (more specifically, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare ). Of course, some far right conservatives […]
  • Throwing the Book at Civic Knowledge

    By Bruce Hetrick on August 21, 2013
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    Years ago, education advocate Mary Ann Sullivan invited me to visit the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School—then a new charter school in Indianapolis. We drove to the Meadows neighborhood, had breakfast in a school conference room, heard from Principal Marcus Robinson and met some of the founding board members. Then we got a history lesson I’ve never forgotten. Here’s how […]