Fact or Fiction: The Voter News Service

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Throughout recent history there have been several landmark events, which have swept across the nation, impacting the masses. With each news station fighting to have the first story, one could begin to speculate where the information they acquire is sourced, due to how quickly it is regurgitated. Before the rise of social media outlets vying for our society's attention, there were only limited resources available for trustworthy information. Now however, there is an endless supply of mediums readily accessible to distribute news in our fast paced lives. One of the major controversies affecting journalism today is unreliable information as a result of premature reporting based upon unconfirmed sources. Unfortunately this idea has been tested, proven, and resulted in countless watershed moments regarding how news has been reported. In January of 2000, many Americans woke up to learn that the presidential election was to their surprise, not yet over. At 7:50 p.m. eastern standard time, both CNN and NBC were the first to declare Al Gore the winner of Florida, therefore electing him the new president of the United States. The Voter News Service is a consortium of networks owned by, The Associated Press, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Having relied on this service, these networks were among the first to report this breaking news story. Although sources were yet to be confirmed of the actual victory, multiple sources claimed the projected facts could not be wrong. "The sad fact is that it was a straightforward call," says Jonathan P. Wolman, Associated Press executive editor "Voter News Service's projection material provides a guidepost that warns you statistically if there's a bias in the material that might skew the results. In this case, tha... ... middle of paper ... ...e Last Laugh."Chicago Tribune. ChicagoTribune.com, 28 Oct. 2012. Web. 19 July 2013. -Fung, Katherine. "Media Criticize New York Post, CNN For Boston Marathon Bombings Coverage."The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 21 Apr. 2013. Web. 19 July 2013. -Guthrie, Marisa. "Boston Marathon Bombing: Rush to Break News Burns CNN, Fox News."Hollywood Reporter. Lynne Segall, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 July 2013. -Hohmann, James. "POLITICO."POLITICO. Politico Network, 18 Apr. 2013. Web. 19 July 2013. -Jackson, David. "AP Twitter Feed Hacked; No Attack at White House."USA Today. Gannett, 23 Apr. 2013. Web. 19 July 2013. -Shepard, Alicia C. "How They Blew It."American Journalism Review. AJR, Jan.-Feb. 2001. Web. 18 July 2013. -Wajda, Robert G. "1948 Dewey Defeats Truman Mistake from the Chicago Daily Tribune."Students RSS. PresidentalElection.com, 1998. Web. 19 July 2013.
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