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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

August 1, 2006 2:43 PM

A new study from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that its survey respondents are becoming quite skeptical about the credibility of all TV news. In this survey, no television news gathering organization was left unscathed. CNN, for example had a 42 percent approval rate last year, but this year that number dipped to 28 percent. Perhaps you can shrug that off by saying that viewers just don’t like the news they are seeing.

After all, the world is a pretty screwed up place, with a war and casualties continuing in Iraq; record breaking heat waves across this country and the ensuing debate about global warming … and let’s not forget the conflict between Irael and Lebanon. Ironically, given that news nugget, CNN announced today that it is creating CNN Exchange where anyone can submit news and video that CNN will vet and run on its cable networks CNN and CNN Headline News. Well, the vetting process better be pretty thorough because it’s easy for the best journalists to make unintentional mistakes.This democratization of the news waves sounds all well and good, but I hope the safety nets catch the kooks or hellions who will inevitably try to gum up the works. Am I worrying, too much? Probably, but what do you think?

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