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Telling the truth is often difficult at times there is a temptation to see it as undesirable Discuss with reference to Frontline and related texts In looking at the media and society today we can see that the medias drive for ratings and the difficulty in telling the truth can lead to the temptation to see it as undesirable Telling the truth can be difficult as when facts are changed the lie can become reality As Paul Sheehan said - When a lie is repeated often enough it becomes conventional wisdom an accepted fact a media truth Examples of the way the media constructs and manipulates the truth into an emotion-fuelled story beneficial to ratings can be seen in the series Frontline the film Wag the Dog the documentary US Media Blues and in various articles from the paper and these examples exemplify the way the media represents events to create a plausible and credible story The ABCs Frontline created by Rob Stich and Tom Gleisner in 1994 is a good example of lies becoming the truth and juxtaposed with the use of satirical comedy it examines the behind the scenes of a current affairs show and their avoidance of the truth because the falsified story is more desirable This is very much the case in the episode Add Sex and Stir Brookes story about womens sport demonstrates how the medium of television allows distorted constructions of he truth to be manufactured as the real truth is undesirable for ratings Brian even states Womens sport 8230 its the enemy of ratings To make the story more desirable they add sex and stir by claiming that the player was dropped due to prejudices based on gender bias - for not being a lesbian This demonstrates the medias obsession with ratings and their stop-at-nothing attitude even though it is damaging to those involved As Brooke sarcastically states well theres a lead story Stu Player
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