the problem of balance

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the problem of balance

Postby TerraFrost » Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:00 am

Supporters of the US occupation of Iraq often critisize the media because its coverage of the war is unbalanced. That makes me wonder what exactly it is to be balanced.

Say that 80% of the country supports some new initiative that Bush has proposed. Would balanced coverage discuss the negative aspects of the initiative 50% of the time or would it discuss it 20% of the time? I'm gonna go with the latter. Of course, then again, popular opinion may not necessarily be the best way to determine what is balanced and what isn't...
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