September 15, 2012
Evaluating Media for Credibility
The first program I watched was on MSNBC at 10:00 AM on September 15th. It was called Melissa Harris-Perry. This program was covering a story about Shirley Sherrod. Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign as Georgia State Director of Rural Development in 2010 due to a viral video. The NAACP condemned Sherrod's remarks in the video as racist and the U.S. government officials called for her resignation. MSNBC had Shirley Sherrod on their show to discuss Shirley's new book that explains what you couldn't see in the video. The show had a black hostess which made the story seem bias. The show also only read parts of her books that made Shirley sound like a victim to the 2010 resignation. Without doing any additional research, I felt as if she was being protected by the show. This made me second guess the program's credibility.
The second program I watched was on Fox News at 11:00 AM on September 15th. It was called Cash-ins. This program covered several political and economic topics. One of the economic topics was how McDonald's was about to spend millions of dollars to print calorie counts on all their menus. This is due to some type of government mandate. The speakers on the show spoke about how this would only make our economy worst. Some of them talked about the fact that we already have that information available but it's just not on the menus. Some of them talked about the fact that this will not stop people from eating their favorite McDonald's food. None of the speakers talked about the possibility that it helps our economy. I can see this giving the consumer a second thought before ordering several things off McDonald's menus. In return these people could be healthier and thus cost us less per year in health expenses. I instantly felt like this show had very little credibility. They were bias and gave false assumptions.
I think the MSNBC program was more credible. I don't think...
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