Local News, Local Democracy
Friday, October 15, 2004
Several reliable polls suggest that for most Americans, local TV newscasts are a prime source of information about local government. But a recent study found that in the weeks leading up to the 2002 elections, about half of the local newscasts in the top 50 markets didn't air a single story on any campaign. OTM's Paul Ingles reports on why some news departments steer away from political coverage, while others break new ground in the area.