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DarrenL1
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DB8ISSUES17
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News on TV is government propaganda.

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DB8ISSUES17
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/22/2013 Category: TV
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 504 times Debate No: 42786
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DarrenL1

Pro

News on the television is propaganda, inaccurate and delivered at the reading level of an eight grader. It is merely an implied form of government promotion and agrees with the peoples' opinions to secure their trust.
DB8ISSUES17

Con

I do not believe news on TV is government propaganda. Although some news stations, such as FOX news, may be extremely bias in their news reports, there are also those, such as NBC, which report the facts as they are. If news channels merely "agree with the people's opinions to secure their trust," then why are there so many issues out there today that are largely controversial? It is because the human mind is naturally made to agree and disagree on certain topics. This means that the government would also have its own opinions on certain topics, and that's okay; they can promote their ideas as much as they want to, but they cannot force someone to think a certain way. Our minds are OURS for us to think our own thoughts. Additionally, TV news channels are not the only sources of global information; there are also newspapers, radios, online newspapers, etc., which inform us just as much as the TV news channels do. It is not possible for the government to completely regulate every single news source that is out there today.
Debate Round No. 1
DarrenL1

Pro

Additionally, TV news channels are not the only sources of global information; there are also newspapers, radios, online newspapers, etc., which inform us just as much as the TV news channels do." Although this is very true this is not part of the debate, we are primarily focused on TV news. Lest we not forget that TV is all about ratings keep that in mind. The news is altered to gain more viewers. This is why news is altered, to match the opinions of viewers. After this is achieved they emphasize of important matters what role the government and officials play.

The Internet, newspaper, online newspapers are a much more factual and truthful method of current events. They provide unfiltered information and the government's actual role. Have you ever heard of a news station broadcasting against the government continually. A famous one like NBC for example. They want the ratings so they inform viewers what they want to hear, their government is powerful and doing everything in their power in favor of the American people. While the government stands by and basks in the American peoples' reassurance that their government is doing the right thing for the people.
DB8ISSUES17

Con

Ratings, ratings, ratings. From what I have read in your argument, I feel it is safe to assume your belief is that the only reason television news channels report things is to gain ratings. Although it may be true that news channels broadcast stories which spark the interest of the viewers, I do not believe it is correct to assume they are all used to make the government look good. This is because sometimes, there are news stories that portray the government in a negative light. Therefore, not all news channels are propaganda for the government. Just like it's wrong to make assumptions for a whole group based upon the actions of one person, it is wrong to assume all news channels are propaganda for the government based on the stories of one channel.
Debate Round No. 2
DarrenL1

Pro

DarrenL1 forfeited this round.
DB8ISSUES17

Con

Seeing as my opponent has forfeited this round, I believe I have the stronger arguments. Therefore, I strongly urge a CON ballot in this debate. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by TheNewsery 3 years ago
TheNewsery
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Vote Placed by KingDebater 3 years ago
KingDebater
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro forfeited and didn't respond to Con's standing arguments.