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President & CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)


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What do you want from the news?

What do you want from the news each day? Do you get it? How does the news impact you each day? How does it make you feel?

Is the news positively impacting your life? Why or why not?

Answers that explain in personal narrative how the news impacts you are greatly welcomed!


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    Apr 19 2011: No news is good news, that's what my mother always said. I don't think she realized how prophetic that actually was.

    Mainstream media is not reporting from their higher selves, therefore propaganda is widespread.

    Alternative news options are more informative, but again, will the news change your life?
    That answer should be yes and for the better. Sensationalism sells, but during prime time hours, is it necessary to report about a mother driving her kids into a lake while the children are within an ear shot?

    I feel if the news can open your eyes to something you can constructively contribute to, it's worthwhile. If it informs you of imminent dangers or educates you with profound discoveries, it's worthwhile.

    Public broadcasting is certainly something I have more confidence in.
    • Apr 20 2011: Mate, I second what you say, pardon my ignorance, but what do you mean by alternative news options?

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