|—||Dr. Bernard Franklin|
Have you ever noticed that reporters in any news media (cable, print, etc.) tend to exaggerate? Okay, maybe that was a ridiculous understatement.
As I sit here listening to a news cast, I can’t help but wonder why there is so much exaggeration of the issues. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there is a difference between reporting the news and commenting on it. The TV personalities who report the news in an unbiased way present their information in a far different way than those who freely admit that what they say on TV is their opinion and may not be verifiable. The problem that I see is when the two types of personalities intersect without regard to the truth.
When those who claim to report the news add their own opinions to their stories, they distort the truth and thus tend to create unnecessary problems. Additionally, when those who choose to inject their own opinion don’t define for their audiences what is opinion and what is fact, how can the listeners decipher one from the other?
Perhaps the issue here is a broader one. When President Obama was elected, everyone in the media asked for more transparency - the President and Congress promised this as well. Whether the administration or the Congressional leaders have given that or not is irrelevant to my point: those in the news media should practice what they preach.
The Bottom Line: Television personalities (news reporters and commentators alike) should either stick to the facts without comment or exaggeration. If they choose to editorialize, they should specify that it is opinion so that the facts are not distorted for their audience.
|—||Michael Morris, Entrepreneurial Intensity|
|—||Tim Pawlenty from Unknown|