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    Megan N. commented  · 

    When media outlets are running off of rating and numbers what are they to do then? They cannot change what their audience wants. If their audience wants gossip and beauty tips, it would be hard to give hard news and still recieve good ratings. Though the honor system sounds good, they are around to make money.

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    Megan N. commented  · 

    You have to think about your audience. How many readers/viewers do you think would actually look at this reference, much less determine if the source that was cited is a legitimate and trustworthy cite? In many cases facts are referenced but I would like to see the number of people who check the "facts". I think its a good start, but much more would be needed to actually differentiate news vs. opinion.

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    Megan N. commented  · 

    I agree with this idea and think this could well serve those who want to be informed. In my opinion, the problem with this is that a vast majority of people do not want to be informed. With stations running off of rating, they deliver what is interesting and eye catching. What someone did to help solve community crime sadly does not spark interest like the mysterious murder three blocks down the road or the nine photos of Tiger Wood’s mistresses. This does not mean this “junk” is information that we need rather it is what we are given to ensure good ratings. If the stations are continuing to feed us this grime, it is because they are getting good ratings from it. It will take power from their viewers to demand real news and truth. Until stations see a decrease in ratings they will continue what they are currently doing.
    This is similar to negative political advertisements. People say they hate them, but they are proven to work so candidates will continue to use them. Though it seems that many people want fair and safe news and advertisements, the facts show otherwise. This forces the people fighting for truth and real news to take a step up and voice their opinion stronger than the ratings.

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