State Department spokesman addresses reliability of media before panel discussion

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley discussed the pitfalls of the U.S. media Tuesday while speaking to an audience of mostly journalism students as the keynote to a panel discussion on the reliability of U.S. media outlets.

Crowley drew a comparison between the competitive nature of today’s news industry and the quality of the news.

“No one’s business model seems to be working,” Crowley said. “We have less time to consider, ‘how do we report’ and ‘how do we interpret’ with the information we receive today.”

Online blogs put additional pressure on traditional news reporting, he said.

Crowley also questioned the notion of whether there are some news organizations that people should not pay attention to.

“How do you determine what information is good?” Crowley asked. “People need to rely on multiple sources.”

Crowley urged the audience to read the newspaper, watch the television news and listen to the radio.

“No one should rely on one source of information, because no one source has a monopoly on the truth,” he said.

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