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Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Hall Jamieson’

30 Minutes on Philadelphia TV News: Lots of Political Ads, Zero Political Stories

KYW-TV_openAnd herein lies some of the problem with getting, as study after study suggest most Americans do, most of your news from local TV: you may be missing something.

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government, took a look at thirty minutes of local television–specifically, Philadelphia’s CBS-owned KYW. Researchers watched the station’s 6:00 p.m. newscast and found plenty of politics–in the form of nasty political ads–but absolutely no news coverage of the political races themselves:
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Denver Stations Get High Marks for De-Bunking Political Ads

With a heated election and a lot of undecided voters, local TV stations stand to see big profits from campaigns looking to tip the scales in their favor by airing political ads.  According to an opinion piece in the Denver Post by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-founder of FactCheck.org, the TV stations in Denver are doing a particularly good job helping voters see through the increasing spin.

Denver broadcasters deserve praise not only for reality testing political claims, but for also doing it well.  Our research shows that when stations reduce the size of the ad on the screen, clearly identify it as political content and stamp the corrections onto the boxed ad, voters remember the reporters’ analysis better than they do when the critiqued ad is played full screen.

You can watch what two Denver stations are doing to fact check political ads after the jump.

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