Television media : headlines or hype?

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  • 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.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 24, 2009.
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  • 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)
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