Wednesday, August 20, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, July 18 2008] MBC Should Tell the Truth About Mad Cow Disease

The Korea Communications Standards Commission on Wednesday ordered broadcaster MBC to apologize to viewers for distortions in the current affairs program “PD Diary” that sparked public fears about American beef when it aired on April 29 and May 13. The KOCSC said “PD Diary” had violated broadcasting standards on fairness and objectivity.
It pinpointed nine cases where “PD Diary” exaggerated the facts and confused viewers by editing material to deliberately misconstrue the facts and make vague information appear as if it were hard fact. It ruled that the areas of exaggeration and distortion which “PD Diary” had been passing off as simple oversights or mistakes in translation were deliberately planned.

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