Channels give an alternate, distorted view of reality on TV

WASHINGTON -- The need for media literacy may be no more evident than when it comes to reality TV. Reality TV may show real events, but it's a director's and editor's version of events. It can be the visual equivalent of a newspaper story where the subject complains that he was interviewed for a half-hour, but the only thing that appears is a quote taken out of context. Of course, reality shows bind their subjects to nondisclosure clauses until it suits the network -- like having them appear on the network's morning news program the day after they're voted off the island.

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