Friday, February 03, 2012

Information Pleas: Networks Resort to Trickery in an Attempt to Lift Ratings - NYTimes.com

Check the full post for analysis by Joe Maguire, and stop watching TV “news,” if you haven’t done so already…

For those who follow information responsibility, here’s a story that has a little bit of everything:

  • A widespread tolerance of cynical data distortion, all to manipulate ratings and rankings.
  • Distortion of category boundaries to exclude unwanted data points.
  • Distortion of category boundaries to include desirable data points.
  • Manipulation of idiosyncratic metrics.
  • Abuse of the news cycle.
  • Anemic enforcement of ethical standards.
  • An exclusive set of informed consumers who are not hoodwinked.

Information Pleas: Networks Resort to Trickery in an Attempt to Lift Ratings - NYTimes.com

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