Accuracy of Television Reporting Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Accuracy of Television Reporting
A comparison of Keith Olbermann's show and the "Lehrer NewsHour" in terms of their sources and the quality of their reporting.
# 119619 | 1,273 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 12, 2010 in Communication (Journalism) , Communication (Television)

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This paper discusses the way that television and newscasts can distort facts. The paper compares Keith Olbermann's edgy cable national cable show on MSNBC and the "Lehrer NewsHour", a public television show known for its eruditeness and depth. The paper discusses the shows' use of outside commentary to discuss daily news events and the quality of their reporting.

From the Paper:

"In the Lehrer News Hour, the opposing bailout plan written by Democrat Senator Chris Dodd, which is well thought out and comprehensive and may take more time to implement, is discussed in an interview with Dodd. The opposition point of view is represented by Senator Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona. Like the news articles, they both agree that action must not be hurried. Dodd says we should take our time and make sure the plan is right, while Kyl says we must not be hasty, but we are in an urgent situation that must be addressed by next week (Lehrer news hour, 2008). In other words, the Lehrer news hour is demonstrating the difference between the two partisan views, while Olbermann is indicating the hypocrisy and contradiction of the plan. These are expert and informed view that are nonetheless subjective. In a sense, these shows are each if not telling us how to think, giving us specific ways to think as options. The newspaper article presents the facts, and both sides in the story, that the news shows are commenting on. Thus, news stories are providing expertise opinion secondary opinion on the facts, but they cannot be relied on for facts. The objective facts must obtained and mastered before we allow other people's opinions, be they journalists or involved politicians, to dictate our thoughts or influence our opinions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AP. Congress, Bush agree on some bailout terms. September 22, 2008:
  • Gerstenzang, James. Home foreclosure aid reportedly added to bailout plan 2:07 PM PDT, September 22, 2008:,0,2003958.story
  • Hamilton, Walter. Stock prices and U.S. dollar plunge as oil soars Anxiety mounts over the government's proposed $700-billion bailout. The Dow falls 372 points. 2:44 PM PDT, September 22, 2008:,0,5079556.story
  • Shell, Adam. Ragged investors sink Dow 373 points as oil price soars. September 22, 2008:
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann. MSNBC September 22, 2008.

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