The Philip Defranco Show

Philip Defranco posts his show on YouTube every weekday. The Philip Defranco show is a news show to bring you the stories you do and should probably care about. Philip delivers what he calls an objective overview of the story, then he adds his opinion, clearly outlining the difference and then he asks for the audience’s views.

This formula is a dangerous one. Mixing opinion with facts can blur lines, and does often on most productions that attempt this.

In these new days for the New Media, the rules are still being written. Here’s one suggestion. The same wall we’ve always demanded between news and advocacy should be just as tall and resolute online as anywhere else. A media organization needs to clearly distinguish opinion and analysis from what it presents as news and information. Otherwise what the public knows about the world will be a blur of fact and all sorts of biases, which is really harmful to democracy, that needs an informed public. And it’s harmful to the fiscal health of any news organization that wants to attract the broadest possible audience of visitors (not just the narrower audience of people who want their news to affirm an ideological point of view, a business strategy working just fine for Fox News) by daring to claim they can be trusted (Ropeik, 2016).

The main stories are researched and use information from the source. For example, video footage is often used in stories of police brutality or united airlines. A specific story about animal cruelty in regards to a dog on a movie set being forced in water was being spread by TMZ. Philip reported on it but states that a “drastic cut” in the footage shows the animal may have not been mistreated at all. It turns out there was no wrong doing during the filming.

Philip states he wants to break a story right not first. He demonstrates that here and in many other examples. His researchers including himself are objective and patient to ensure that a story breaks right, and the audience is properly informed. This is in despite of what could be views and, until currently, ad revenue from clickbait, like so many news outlets exploit.

A small team means Philip has less resources than the big guys on TV but he seems to be doing a better job than most of them.

References

Ropeik, D. (2016). The Dangerous Blurring of News and Opinion OnlineBig Think. Retrieved 13 April 2017, from http://bigthink.com/risk-reason-and-reality/the-dangerous-blurring-of-news-and-opinion-online

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