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Posts tagged with ‘Media’

  • ABC News Further Undercuts Media’s Credibility

    By Jeffery McCall on June 12, 2015
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    The real damage done by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos’ vacuous ethics – as shown by his revelation of gifts to the Clinton Foundation – won’t be to him or his network. ABC will still get its ratings. George will still make his mega- millions in his cushy anchor seat, convinced he is a real news reporter and has done nothing wrong. […]
  • From Edward Murrow to Diane Sawyer, the deterioration of TV news

    By Jeffery M. McCall on May 29, 2015
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    The Center is interested in the connections between News and Civic Literacy.  We believe quality news produces quality information which ultimately shapes an educated populace (hopefully).  Read this latest op-ed from National Advisory Committee member, Jeffery McCall about the quality of television news. NBC’s high-profile anchor, Brian Williams, has been suspended for telling tall tales. ABC’s highest-profile news personality, Diane Sawyer, […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Ezra Klein Goes Independent

    By Ed Brayton on January 29, 2014
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    In a very interesting development both for the mainstream media and for the world of blogging and independent journalism, Ezra Klein is leaving the Washington Post to create his own online news organization that apparently will focus on “explanatory journalism” — that is, explaining policy details rather than focusing on partisan disagreements. The Washington Post announced Tuesday that Ezra Klein, […]
  • 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 […]