Most people rely on television newscasts to keep them informed. Yet, a recent Gallup poll says that only 21 percent of Americans rated television media as "very or mostly honest. Faced with declining ratings, increased competition, and intensified attention to the bottom line, television news organizations have been criticized for turning daily newscasts into "info-tainment. This program profiles the history of the electronic media, reveals its biases and tendencies toward sensationalism and exploitation, and highlights the challenges facing networks and local stations in the current, sensation-seeking culture.
Early Days of Television (3:00) -- Television News: Entertainment for Profit (3:48) -- Changes in Television News Presentation (3:01) -- Cable Television and Deregulation (3:58) -- Commercial Value of Television (3:38) -- Television Coverage of Crime (3:13) -- Technology and News Coverage (3:07) -- Misinformed America (2:08)
The information below has been drawn from sources outside of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. In most instances, the information will be from sources that have not been peer reviewed by scholarly or research communities. Please report cases in which the information is inaccurate through the Contact Us link below.