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News Stations Reporting Misinformation Taking Center Stage

4/20/2013


(file photo courtesy Fox News Radio)

The recent news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings has many people talking about news stations giving misinformation as stories unfold.

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Ball State University Telecommunications Professor Dom Caristi says there is a big emphasis among news stations about getting the story out first, rather than getting the story right.  He says getting the story first is the yardstick stations use to determine if they're outdoing their competitors.

Caristi says most viewers will usually watch the station they like no matter what.  He says if a station breaks a story first, most viewers won't even know.

He adds that in the social media age, much news is being reported based off of tweets, rather than actual sources.

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