Distressing news study

It's humbling to hear what people think about news and those of us who cover it. A recent Pew Research Center survey found most news outlets are important, though often inaccurate and biased.

63 percent gave news stories a thumbs down on accuracy. Only 29 percent believed news people get the facts straight. The Pew Center says this is the lowest accuracy score in 20 years. When it comes to bias, the study found that 60 percent said news organizations are politically biased.

These findings are distressing and alarming to those of us who work each day as journalists in South Mississippi. We can understand why on a national level more Americans are saying they find political bias. There are more and more cable news outlets that have numerous talk shows which often take one side or another on an issue. That's not something we do here.

In addition each day we strive at WLOX to get the facts right. We are human. So we can make mistakes. But, when we find out we've gotten something wrong, we correct it and try to learn from it.  If you see a mistake in one or our stories or believe it was off base, let us know. Our job is to be fair in our reporting and include all sides. As the news for South Mississippi, we work hard to gain your trust each and every day.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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