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David Giacalone

What a great feature and auspicious start! [;-)] What a great Host!

Thanks for giving me a crack at a big-time audience. For an example of folks taking the "fair and balanced" motto way too seriously, see Prof. Lessig. It seems to me that, given a choice of sources, most people choose ones that tell them what they want to hear -- and then convince themselves it's fair and balanced (or doesn't need to be).


Nice post, David. This post is just the sort of thing we like to see over at Wordlab. So, this is just a brief note to let you and Evan know I really enjoyed it, and to spam this comment thread with a link to our website.

Don't let the paucity of comments fool you. That indicates you're probably right on. If you want lots of comments, you have to do what Evan often does--say something completely wrong. ;-)

David Giacalone

There was an interesting segment on the PBS News Hour this evening (Aug. 3, 200)called News Divisions, which describes a new Pew Research Center survey that shows that more and more Americans are choosing their news sources based on the political and ideological leanings.

"TERENCE SMITH: And a new survey has found that many people-43 percent of conservatives and a third of liberals and moderates -- choose their news sources based on their politics.

Here are a few more exerpts.

ANDREW KOHUT: It's part and parcel of the more intense political views and partisan views that the American public has this year. Republicans and Democrats really think differently about a broad range of issues.

TERENCE SMITH: Kohut worries that the line between straight news and opinion is becoming more and more blurred.

ANDREW KOHUT: The danger is that the news business will see this as good business and we will get to a marketing and a positioning of news where we are getting away from the model of objective nonpartisan news to these little cliques, these little niches of Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative news.

ANDREW KOHUT: I think the risk here is that people will go into their separate corners and begin to look at news and information from their own point of view.

TERENCE SMITH: This growing correlation between partisanship and news choices is a surprising one, and an important development.

One of the poll's major findings is that many Republicans tend to prefer the Fox News Channel, while many Democrats prefer CNN.

And Republicans, as a group, are unhappy with their options.

None of this suggests that slogans like "Fair and Balanced" are given much weight by the audience.

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