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Around the Valley: Significant difference between news, opinion

Original post made on Jul 9, 2023

After reading emails forwarded to me recently, it is clear some people don't understand -- or choose not to understand -- the difference between a news report and an opinion piece, or what "misinformation" is.

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Posted by Roberta Healy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2023 at 8:58 am

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Thus it would safe to assume that Fox News, CNN, and MNBC are more along the lines of opinion-oriented news outlets compared to PBS News.

News reporters and writers (unless doing an editorial) should remain purely objective or as Jack Webb used to say on Dragnet, "Just the facts ma'am."

Anything else (unless pre-defined as an opinion piece) is fake news and no one really cares about the personal opinions of news reporters and correspondents.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Jul 11, 2023 at 11:05 pm

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I'd take the emails with a grain of salt. Most of us understand the difference between a news report, opinion piece and misinformation. The media is an easy target.

Journalists should remain objective but they're human. We all have biases, and they'll show.

Walter Cronkite (the most trusted man in America) let his liberal bias show. This was way before cable news, and I was a kid. If a kid could see through his biases, I'm sure adults could.

I trust any media organization that passes "fact-checking." I believe Embarcadero Media would pass.

Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jul 14, 2023 at 7:01 am

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The cable network that I occasionally watch does disclose that it is opinion rather than news. And currently I do not think there is a single source of "news" that does not have some bias, which would include the subject matter reported. Sources would include CNN, Fox, Microsoft News and PBS. And don't forget newspapers either.
Exceptions are reporting of major real life events such as 9-11 or the Challenger disaster from the past.

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