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Half Say Media Should ‘Try Harder’ When Breaking News

The results of yesterday’s Fish Poll are in…

In light of an excessive fudging of facts as news broke Friday of a shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, we asked: “What’s the media lesson in the Sandy Hook shooting?”

Exactly 50 percent of respondents said journalists should “try harder; we should be more willing to slow down, step back and be careful.”

Nearly one in four (28.26%) took a harder stance. They chose the answer “Some people shouldn’t be working in media if they don’t know how to fact check and get it right.”

The third most-selected answer (17.39%): “Reporters were just doing their jobs the best they could; besides, much of the information reported, though inaccurate, was relayed by officials on scene.”

And finally, just 4.35 percent said, “It’s breaking news; mistakes are inevitable and everyone knows that.”

Now This News has a handy video on this subject. Check it out here (and pay attention to the mood lighting; it’ll guide you on how to feel while watching).

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