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Voting ‘power’ has lost luster

February 22, 2013

During a presentation last week on trust and the media by Mark Kiyak, the assistant communications professor at Fredonia State University offered a reminder on why our business as a local newspaper......

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Feb-23-13 8:17 PM

I wonder about that. Sure they're picked on by all off the others, so it would seem that way. The only way to get past it is to watch a few of them and make your own conclusion. It's probably more accurate than any of them alone.

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Feb-23-13 5:24 PM

I agree, localrez. I'm sure ALL the networks are guilty of "sensationalizing" the news at one time or another, it's just that FOX seems to be more guilty than all the others combined.

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Feb-23-13 11:49 AM

Captain, Fox isn't alone, not by a long shot. Both NBC (pick one, any one: msnbc, cnbc, NBC News, etc.) and CBS News are equally guilty of fabricating news. NBC even went so far as to stage events and pass them off as real.

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Feb-22-13 6:56 PM

The newspaper contacted some un-named Town official. Want to bet the contact was made with a Town board member who, on any given day, wouldn't have the slightest idea where a vehicle would be at any particular time and for what reason.

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Feb-22-13 6:02 PM

This article was extremely misleading and disappointing. It started out so good, from the title to the first few paragraphs the writer talks about our first amendment right of speech. How in the world we got from seemingly engaging journalism to a red, Town of Villenova pick-up truck ram-rodding the streets of Fredonia is way beyond my scope of competent journalism. Despite my disappointment with the contrived turn of events the writer took with his story, I did get a chuckle, and a chuckle is always appreciated. Also want to thank Fredonia and Captain for very logical, rational, and plausible explanations. Too bad editor doesn't have the same ability to think outside the Fox Box of conspiratorial thoughts.

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Feb-22-13 5:54 PM

Captain, I could not agree more. It seems like the media just wants to sell ads or papers or whatever by making something out of nothing. We get no real objectivity and we watch the news that most closely resembles our world view. As far as the red pickup goes - I believe FredoniaFred hit it on the button. D'Augustino jumping to conclusions again. And He wonders why we call it "The Disturber"? No investigation just throw out an opinion.

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Feb-22-13 10:57 AM

If the media were more objective and less concerned about "creating" news to increase sales or ratings, then voters might actually become more informed, instead of more divided.

It's become too common for media sources to abuse its power for selfish reasons by criticizing and/or promoting its own political agenda. Doing so merely lessens its credibility. The media is a profit-driven industry, and it deliberately panders to voters who WANT to hear/read politically-biased news. Supply & demand using creative ways is the primary goal, not the truth.

FOX NEWS has been repeatedly busted for "selectively" editing footage to suit its own agenda, motivated in part, by the audience it serves. This may be misleading, and it's certainly unethical, but it sure makes for great ratings.

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Feb-22-13 8:42 AM

Pickups do not plow town roads. This plow is probably used to plow the lot at the town barns. Did the Observer ever stop to think that the truck may have been in the village to get some repair parts for town equipment instead of jumping to conclusions.

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