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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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Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Trust Media More

A new Gallup poll shows a record 60 percent of Americans have little to no trust in the mass media’s ability to report a story fully, fairly and accurately.  Gallup said this continues the trend of negativity towards the media increasing every election year compared to the year prior.

The poll also breaks down trust by political affiliation, with Republicans showing the least amount of trust in mass media.  While all three affiliations show a downward trend since 2001, Independents show the steepest drop especially over the last five years.

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Should More Gay Anchors Come Out of the Closet?

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper announced this week, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.

Now that Cooper has come out of the closet, should more gay news anchors do the same? Vote in our poll and we’ll share the results later this week.

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