Sunday, February 03, 2008

Local news misleads

Even in the LA Market - clearly one of the top few markets in the US, each time I watch the local news I hear one or more major factual errors. From statements such as "the 911 system was invented in California" - untrue, to "the guerilla group trying to overthrow the government in Sri Lanka is called Tamil" - whereas it is the Tigers, known as the Tamil Tigers, with the prefix referring to the ethnic group which it fights for.

If many Americans get their news from local news, with even network news being quite superficial, how well informed are voters and even the decision-makers in the US. To make matters worse, when I have emailed the local station to point out the error, I have nver even receied an acknowledgement.

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