Segments in this Video

Media and Trickery (04:32)


Different media often alter reality to suit their purposes. Entertainment relies on visual and audio trickery created by computers.

News Media and Deceit (02:44)

Doctoring photographs is not unusual in the news media business. Media lies are excused as jokes. William Randolf Hurst creates media blitz about a war that does not exist.

Fear Sells Newspapers (05:05)

Television news programs report fearsome events. Truth becomes lost in fear in media blitzes about sharks and road rage. The American Automobile Association reports questionable press reports.

Artificial Fears in the Media (02:58)

Journalists and television news reporters acknowledge that they hype up stories. News reports are more alarmists than they are reality reports.

Business of News (03:57)

Labels such as road rage, kiddie porn, and Internet stalkers give news reporters something to hang on to. Television communicates emotion very efficiently and impacts perceptions.

Automotive Press (04:09)

Consumer magazines about cars do not tell the whole story. The automotive press whitewashes the truth. Most car magazines focus on performance and looks rather than vehicle safety.

Monetary Influences on the Media (05:56)

Automotive publications rely on advertising. Negative reviews may incite retaliation. Gifts may influence car reviewers. Good car-buying advice is best found outside the car magazine industry.

Gullible Reporters and Phony News (05:52)

News reporters demonstrate gullibility by reporting phony stories reported by prankster Joey Scaggs. Posing as a bicycling priest, Scaggs takes his confessional to the streets.

Deceit and Gullibility in the Media (03:45)

News reporters and television talk show hosts present false stories no matter how bizarre. Televisions and newscasters acknowledge their mistakes.

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Media Hype: When News Coverage Goes Too Far

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The Center for Media and Public Affairs reports that during the 1990s the homicide rate in the U.S. dropped 50 percent, yet homicide news coverage increased by an incredible 700 percent. In this program, the Center’s Bob Lichter and the Threat Assessment Group’s Greg McCrary join ABC News anchor John Stossel to examine some of the factors that contribute to the exaggeration of risks and dangers in the news media. Recent stories involving murder, shark attack, road rage, and carjacking are cited as examples of reporting that was skewed by the overuse of frightening headlines and images, incomplete research, and the tacit rule "If it bleeds, it leads." (41 minutes)

Length: 42 minutes

Item#: BVL30720

ISBN: 978-0-7365-5282-0

Copyright date: ©2002

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