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POLL: Smart or Not? KTVU Has Video of Fake Asiana Pilot Names Pulled from YouTube

KTVU is exerting its copyright claim on YouTube videos showing anchor Tori Campbell reading fake names identifying the pilots of Asiana flight 214.

>UPDATE: KTVU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi responded to TVSpy’s question about pulling the videos saying, “The accidental mistake we made was insensitive and offensive.  By now, most people have seen it.  At this point, continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive, especially to the many in our Asian community who were offended.  Consistent with our apology, we are carrying through on our responsibility to minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others.”

The YouTube videos embedded on media websites, including TVSpy, showing Campbell reading the names ”Captain Sum Ting Wong,” Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” have been replaced with the notice, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KTVU.”

While some media bloggers think removing the videos may be the wrong move for the Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, we want to know what you think:

Pew Study: Fewer Americans Think Journalists Contribute to Society

The Pew Research Center asked Americans to rate certain professions by their perceived contribution to society.

While the Military ranked highest with more than three-quarters of Americans (78%) saying they think the Armed Forces contribute “a lot” to society, Journalists came in near the bottom with just 28% saying the Press contribute “a lot.” That number is down 10% from 2009, when 38% of Americans viewed Journalists positively.

The survey also broke down whether those polled thought occupations contributed “a lot,” “some,” or “not very much/nothing.” Journalists were split fairly evenly in being perceived as contributing “a lot” or “not very much/nothing.” Most of those polled (42%) thought journalists contributed “some.”

Another interesting take away is that, according to the study, more women have lost faith in the media than men in the last four years. The study shows a 17% drop from 46% of women saying they think journalists contribute to society compared to 29% since 2009.

Click here to view the entire study.

Poll: TV News Still Main Source of News

A recent Gallup poll shows more Americans continue to turn on their TV sets instead of their computers to get their news fix.

The poll shows 55% of those polled say TV News is their main source of news about current events compared to 21% who rely on the internet.

While no specific outlet shows a dominant reach, only 4% of the 2,048 nationwide adults polled name local news as their primary source of info for current events. Read more

Poll: Americans Have More Confidence in TV News than Congress and Three Other Groups

In a recent Gallup poll, TV News is showing a small gain in the number of Americans who have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the medium.

23 percent of Americans polled expressed confidence in TV News this year up from last year’s 21 percent. The bad news is out of 16 institutions represented in the poll, TV News and newspapers were trailed only by big business, organized labor, Health Maintenance Organizations and Congress.

In the study, liberals, those 65 and older, and those with high school educations or less showed the most confidence in TV news. You can view the chart after the jump. Read more

Poll Results: Are There Some Questions That Shouldn’t Be Asked?

Friday we asked you to tell us what you thought about a facebook post from Damali Keith, a reporter for Houston FOX owned station KRIV.

Keith wrote, “”Too many women are being tortured & held as sex slaves locked in someone’s dungeon created in their home. One way to stop it is to have random searches of everyone’s home. Would you be willing to have your home searched???”

While the margin looks slim at first glance, adding in the comments of the “other” voters which ranged from “Stupid,” to “Unconstitutional,” it’s pretty safe to say most TVSpy readers who voted had a negative view of the post.

44.83%     I think it’s offensive

37.93%     I think it’s fine

17.24%     Other

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Poll: Are There Some Questions That Shouldn’t Be Asked?

This week Damali Keith, a reporter for Houston FOX owned station KRIV, stirred up a hornet’s nest of commentary on her facebook page when she posted a question that looks like it was spurred by the recent discovery of three kidnapped women in Cleveland.

Keith wrote, “Too many women are being tortured & held as sex slaves locked in someone’s dungeon created in their home. One way to stop it is to have random searches of everyone’s home. Would you be willing to have your home searched???”

So we want to know what you think.  Is this an appropriate question used to stir up some lively debate or is it over the line?

Poll Results: WFAA Promo ‘The Talk’ Is Creepy

We’ve tallied up the results from our poll about the WFAA promo featuring morning anchor Ron Corning after he’s given two elementary age school children the talk about the birds and the bees.

By an overwhelming margin, most of you thought the promo was creepy with “I think it’s creepy but effective” splitting the vote, but still putting the spot squarely in the “creepy” category.

Here’s the current tally:

45.37%  – I think it’s creepy

22.8% – I think it’s effective

20.9% – I think it’s creepy but effective

10.93% – Other

Some of the readers who voted “other” left comments showing their outrage “This is why viewers don’t watch local news” and “Everyone associated should be fired.” While one voter said, “eh, it’s alright… much ado about not much.”

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Pew: Nearly Six in Ten Following Newtown Shooting

Despite the scrutiny over media coverage of the Newtown shooting, a new study from the Pew Research Center shows nearly six in ten of those polled said they follow news about the shooting very closely.

The number of those following the coverage very closely (57%) is higher than other recent mass shootings.

While in a separate study conducted between December 14-17, 53 percent of those polled said they were trying to restrict how much coverage their children watched compared to 47 percent who weren’t.

You can see the graphic after the jump.  For the link to the study, click here. Read more

Pew Study Shows Local TV Trails Cable as Source for Campaign News

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism just released a study showing 38% of Americans get their campaign news from local TV.  Cable News leads the field with 41% while the internet ranked just below local news with 36%.

However, local TV was not viewed as being all that helpful for digging deep into an election issue.  Asked to name which outlets were seen as “most helpful”, only 11% of those polled chose local TV.  Cable again led the field with 24% choosing it as the place to go to get more information.

After the jump you can view the numbers ranking the major media sources: TV, Internet, Print, Radio and Social Media.  There’s also an interesting graph showing the change in habits since January of 2000. Read more

New Orleans Study: Without Newspaper Residents Choose TV

It looks like local TV News will be the big winner when the New Orleans Times-Picayune reduces its daily run to three days a week.

According to a study conducted by the Louisiana State University Public Policy Research Lab, when local residents were asked where they’d get their news fix when there’s no newspaper available, 76 percent chose local TV.

Only 40 percent stuck with the paper as their main source according to the study — our math isn’t bad — the survey allowed multiple responses.

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