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Friday, March 26, 2010


Health care dominated the media recently, and this past week was no exception: a survey by the Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that health care coverage accounted for a staggering 37 percent of the newshole. But despite all the coverage, more than half of Americans polled say they still don't understand how reform will effect them. The Pew Center's Mark Jurkowitz talks about how a topic that's been so widely covered can still be so little understood.

Comments [6]


The big takeaway I got from this show is that news is just entertainment. We find time and time again that if messages are not packaged in ways that stimulate or inspire, people will generally tune it out. CNN, by being fair, could succeed in the cable news race by applying that principle.

Mar. 09 2011 03:59 AM
Jane from michigan

How health care changes will "affect" them..............darn it!

Apr. 03 2010 11:59 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Ah, Mr. Miller, the mystery is resolved! I saw it on cable.

Apr. 02 2010 08:28 AM
Ron Rosenthal from California

To answer your question Mr. Meyers:

You'll find that one cable news channel was especially bad.

Mar. 31 2010 04:05 PM
Donald Miller

It's "affect" them, not effect them. "Affect is a verb, "effect is a noun."

Mar. 28 2010 04:14 PM
Bob Meyers from Oregon

Hey! I call unfair. The most significant quote in your report was there was an unnamed poll after the first Gulf War that revealed an inverse relationship between cable TV and informed viewers. "The only thing they could identify was a Patriot missile".

Oh come now, Ms Gladstone, quote your source!

Mar. 27 2010 03:30 PM

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