Is Media Spin Wearing Thin?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today Show" sat down with President Obama at The White House yesterday for a wide-ranging interview.

Video of the interview was shown on this morning's "Today Show."

When asked about the political polarization of America, President Obama indicated the media is partly to blame and here's what he had to say:

Frankly, it gets spun up in part because of how the media covers politics, in the 24/7 news cycle, cable chatter and talk radio and the Internet and the blogs, all of which try to feed the most extreme sides of any issue instead of trying to narrow differences and solve problems.
I absolutely agree with President Obama! I think there is much more "sensationalism" in the news than true "journalism." I think the media puts too much spin on stories and doesn't delve deep enough for the truth; the important truth. I think they too often go for the wild and outragous to sell newspapers, magazines, etc. and don't report on the most important, meaningful issues affecting our country today. There's too much high drama reported in the news!

How about you? Do you think the media's spin is wearing thin?

3 comments:

Katelyn Chamberlin March 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

I agree with you as well. I don't feel like news today really presents the underlying issue to its audience. It seems that, in order to sell their content, they cover up the real issue by pointing out anything remotely shocking or controversial about it. This is causing the audience to miss the meaningful point of a story, making it possible for the audience to be misinformed.

Ryan Fuerstenau March 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

I am going to half to agree here. However many news stations edit content for time. When they edit for time many important factors from the other side of an issue could be misplaced. Also people who view the news should not take it at face value. For instance, as a society it is our duty to find the other side of an issue if the news station isn't presenting it. We can just take things at face value because quite frankly not every news station can develop both sides simply as a time constraint.

Michelle Pohlad March 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I agree with you and Katelyn; unfortunately there is so much competition for an audience that it is the sensationalism that draws us in. Sometimes they (newscasters) have to really stretch to find that headline that will grab you. We often are given just half the truth or a controversy is created where there is none.

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