Newscast Viewer Opinion Segments

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by Web Producer

wfaa.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Q: I have watched Channel 8 News for the past 12 years and have always enjoyed the coverage.  Recently, the 10 p.m. news, and perhaps other news slots, I don't watch any others, has introduced the viewer opinion portion. I watch the news for news, not opinion.  Opinion and news are not the same nor should they be included in the same slot together.  Opinion has nothing to do with news.  If you want to know what people think, please find another slot in which to do it.  There are enough opinion shows available.  We/you don't need another one. Please stick to news. Thank you.

Mac
Frisco, Texas

A: Thank you for your email; very much appreciate you being a longtime WFAA viewer. We are also grateful that you would take time to write and send your candid comments. Constructive criticism is important; we listen carefully, and hope to learn and grow from it.

That said, not sure we completely understand your email. As humans we all bring certain biases and prejudices to the table. It’s unavoidable in some respect. That said, there is a clear line between commentary and journalism, and each has a place when labeled appropriately. For example: Dale Hansen’s popular “Unplugged” segments or John McCaa’s “Uncut” segments are commentary, and clearly marked as such. Can you be specific as to what segments you are referring to that you find objectionable? We are pleased you wrote, and happy to listen and respond.

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