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    Beauregard Bahnam commented  · 

    Yes, it is counter productive to only hear about a robbery in this neighborhood or a house fire in this other neighborhood or a mugging downtown.

    News should encourage community participation, not cause so much unfounded fear that people avoid one another like the plague.

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    Beauregard Bahnam commented  · 

    A beginning journalist at a news station could expect to be paid $20,000-$25,000. That is ridiculously low for a high-stress, fast-paced job that almost certainly requires a college education.

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    Beauregard Bahnam commented  · 

    I am especially attracted to the idea that facts be clearly referenced. I do fear, however, that this would cause viewers to place too much trust in some news sources that manipulate facts with clever wording and all manner of syntax ([...]).

    The real solution is to inoculate the public from the bias of the news by educating them about sly techniques opinionated news sources use. Media education is increasingly necessary in our technologically advanced world.

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    Beauregard Bahnam commented  · 

    This idea address an extremely important issue that is summed up by the first sentence. The freedom of the press was established in the United States Constitution, not so that the public could hear about Brangelina's newest adopted child, but so that our interests (those things that actually concern our lives) could be protected. When news stations such as CNN, Fox, and the network stations intermingle celebrity gossip with globally important facts that are pertinent to humankind, it is not long before the public has a skewed idea of what their "interests" are. A shocking demonstration of this anomaly can be seen in this short video presentation from TED.com:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/alisa_miller_shares_the_news_about_the_news.html

    It is disconcerting that citizens and residents of other countries know much more about the world at large simply because their news programs focus on facts with a global impact. Americans cannot afford to focus so closely on the personal lives of celebrities at the expense of their knowledge of events that impact the entire world.

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    Beauregard Bahnam commented  · 

    Something must be done to mediate corporate, political, and governmental bias in the news. Publicly funded news companies can do much to decrease this bias. Even more, media companies must not be allowed to parade as news when they are completely biased. For example, one can google "Fox News bias" and get hundreds of relevant and shocking results. News channels such as that should be required to show a disclaimer at the beginning and end of each program that reads something like "This program is not news, nor is it fairly portraying facts. It is an interpretation of selected facts heavily influenced by the opinion of those who produce this program"

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