Do you believe everything you hear on the News?
March 16, 2009 8:18pm CST
Or do you question some of their points? I used to just believe what they say until I met someone who was actually at the scene they were talking about and the person told me that they just created the news to seem interesting when in fact it wasn't how it happened. There was also another incident where the news or media escalated what was actually happening, it was an incident where they said that riot and havoc broke loose but when I called my boyfriend (I was concerned for his safety) he said that it was business as usual in their area and yes, there were people there doing some rally, but they were not from that area. They were brought by the organizers from another area. I mean, whew! Why do they over sensationalize things? Just for people to believe them? From that moment on, I don't watch the news anymore. I do hear news, but I always question their motive. Perhaps it's all political.
17 Mar 09
I try not to.. Aside from all the depressing news, I also know for a fact that most news are just exaggerated and magnified for media purposes. When a classmate of mine was killed a few years back, the media went wild and different stories came out. It was sad to have come up with stories that aren't true just to e able to release something.
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18 Mar 09
The news can be manipulated in many ways. Whether it's set up to get certain publicity or given a bit of a spin to satisfy the audience at which it's aimed, we seldom get the straight, unembellished story. I find checking multiple sources to be the closest I can come to getting the facts without "polish."
18 Mar 09
Yes. I have been observing this for quite sometime. Media tends to exaggerate on certain matters. They would even portray something of significant when it is not. There were reports which says that would highlights certain part of the story which appears important to the viewers when it is actually not. Nowadays that has been the trend in the media. That is how they compete in the industry. The ones which can broadcast intersesting stories, by sensationalizing it I think, get the most viewers and win the market. I really dont think this helps a lot. Some people decision-making are very much driven of what is on the news. And they even forget to rationalize on what they really think is the best for themselves. They tend to rely on exaggerated things on the news.
17 Mar 09
news now a days is business, whether it is by television or newpaper. specially television news is made to increase television rating points. for this pupose they show things that the audience would like to see. if audeince is interested in private life of celebritie sthen news channels would create juicy stuff about celebrities and air them on the prime time to attract the masses. news is more of sensationalisation and recontruction.
17 Mar 09
Not really, I understand that the news has to sell and so some colour needs to be applied to everything they write or broadcast. The worst discrepancies I have seen in the printed media…I have the fortune of going thru multiple newspapers at office and no two sensational news items are similar. The basic skeleton is there alright, but its fleshed out in different ways in different newspapers. The electronic media has some semblance of similarity coz they are showing live so there’s not much colour they can add. So what I do is gather a rough idea of what has happened from different sources. Political motive is indeed a big factor and about bringing in people, you are absolutely correct. The huge rallies which are declared ‘success’ by the media are nothing but show of strength by political parties by bringing in their cadres by the busload from across various parts…the local participation is definitely questionable yet, no TV channel reports on this…actually they all know what they are doing and I am afraid they may get some benefits (cash or kind) from these leaders for projecting the parties in a positive way.
21 Mar 09
Hello laydee ,yes you are right ,you should not convince all of the news ,if you want make sure if a new is true you'd better exprience by yourself when the situation calls for it ! I think immoral behaviors in the press are not new phenomena ,some of the journalist would ike to distort the news ,with the purpose of fulfilling the government's need ,from this angle ,the press are really like a publicity of administration ! Moreover some of irresponsible press rumour some famous figure ,they got something from nothing regardless of others' privacy and interest .All in all I also think it is not hard to explain ,you know no media can suvive without sasentional news ,their intention is just satisfying audience's curicity and taste ! But in my opinion , it is the authenticity that would be more attractive actually !