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feature : word on ths street
August 28th, 2007
Word on the Street : Media Reliability

Do you trust the media to give an accurate portrayal of current events?

Aaron, 21
"Not really. I think today's media is bogus lies. I don't believe any of the stuff they say today. I just go on my own perspective."
Dinah, 28
"Absolutely not because everything is skewed. A lot of people don't want to admit it. Maybe they are just ignorant but everything is skewed. And it really trickles down from who is in power, whose ass they are trying to kiss and what they are trying to get. I take everything with a grain of salt and keep an open opinion to everything and open ears. But also, I don't believe everything I hear. The media definitely keeps you informed. As far as their opinions, that I just don't let enter my mind at all."
Dominic, 33
"Yes and no...to a certain point but they are always going to spin it to the way they want. I mean, you can get pretty accurate information just in terms of basic facts, but up to a certain point I'd say. Usually I watch a newscast or I read the newspaper just to get an idea of what happened but when it crosses over into a certain point when they keep re-airing the same kind of footage and then getting talking heads talking about it, I sort of tune out. I can make my own opinion about what happens."
Jessica, 21
"Of course not. You have to determine where your opinions lie. Say, for politics, every newspaper is geared more towards Democratic, more towards Republican or more towards an Independent party. There is not always a white and black to everything but there are different opinions depending on which party and where you stand."
Jonathan, 27
"Not really. I think all the news channels in general have their own agenda. I think there is a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that you don't necessarily see. I trust some stuff some people say but I don't trust everything. I mean I trust what Howard Stern says (laughs)."
Phillip, 24
"No, not at all. I honestly feel like they want to tell you what they think you want to hear. I think they want to keep you in fear. I mean, if you really watch the news, you see nothing but bad news, you see nothing but horrible things, things that scare you, things that make you think twice about going out. I know there are a lot of good things going on in the world. I think there should be a more positive look on life. But honestly, they only show the bad stuff because they want ratings. They don't tell you the truth, no. They tell you whatever can get the ratings higher."
Traci, 25
"I think it does a horrible job of giving an accurate portrayal of current events. It's just so sad if you watch all the various news channels that are all on at the same time. They are just going for the hot lead story and not with what is actually relevant to the people in the community. Whatever is going to be the big lead and sell newspapers the next day, that's what they want to have. And if it's a station that is affiliated with a popular TV show like American Idol or Top Model, they'll have a whole segment dedicated to the lines waiting for auditions. And it's like all that valuable air time could be used to talk about a homeless man that maybe got killed. Maybe not a lot of people care about it but it is more important than Top Model auditions."

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