WATCH: Balancing Act; News Vs. Commentary; "Undesirable Elements"

November 17, 2017

Balancing Act: The media is having a hard time keeping up with the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations. While many of the complaints are credible or have been confirmed, some may not be getting the scrutiny they ordinarily would. When facing a crush of daily revelations, how does the media ensure proper balance between the accusers and the accused?

News vs. Commentary:  Fox News commentators like Sean Hannity routinely push stories that fit their conservative worldview, such as the Clinton-Uranium One ‘scandal.’ This week, Shephard Smith clearly had enough, telling viewers the whole thing was bunk. Is there a looming showdown between the Fox commentators and the newsroom?

“Undesirable Elements”: The local media pounced on a man’s public comments about medicinal marijuana users this week – taking them at face value even after the man said he was being satirical. Was the coverage intellectually dishonest?

Rants and Raves: A review of the week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Adam Reilly, of WGBH News; Dan Lothian, a former CNN White House Correspondent; Dan Kennedy, of Northeastern University; and Callie Crossley, of WGBH News.


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