Hampton Roads, Va.
Television producer for Cox Communications
What is this year's most overhyped news story? The runaway bride, certainly. Sensationalizing unfortunate situations and trivial human-interest stuff to generate ratings and advertising is not news reportage. I don't watch much network news for that very reason.
Name a story that merited more in-depth coverage than it got. There's never enough coverage of the wonderful things happening in the art world, and with our nonprofits and performing arts centers and all the wonderful talent there.
What news source do you trust most? Public radio. Its coverage is tainted less by advertising dollars.
What news source do you trust least? The networks -- including Fox. They're a commercial, money-making industry. Their bottom line is the dollar, not reporting accurate, unbiased news.
Cite a story from this past year that's been overhyped by the news media. The runaway bride thing was a personal matter. It wasn't of national interest. And people took interest in the Michael Jackson situation as a sensational thing, like the O.J. Simpson trial.
Can you think of a story that deserved more coverage than it received? The personal impact the war in Iraq is having on military families. Death has become such a daily thing there that people are losing interest in hearing about it. I'm not saying that I agree with our presence there, but there are unsung heroes who are underappreciated and subject to criticism -- much like in Vietnam.
What news source do you most tend to trust? I usually read several different newspapers, both local and from Denver.
Name a news source you don't trust. I'm a bit skeptical about some of the editorializing and news reportage done in our local newspapers.
Cite an overhyped news story of recent vintage. The woman whose son was killed in the war and camped outside Bush's ranch as a protest to the war. I feel for her, but it didn't accomplish anything.
What story deserved better coverage than it got? Hunter S. Thompson's suicide. He had no qualms about saying what he thought about politics and life in general. He didn't mince words. He told it like he saw it.
What news source do you find most trustworthy? NPR. They exercise balance and explore both sides. I like how they include both liberal and conservative perspectives.
What news source do you mistrust? I mistrust anyone fanatical about anything. Fox is the absolute worst. They're blatantly biased.