Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Reporting of Rush Limbaugh Drug Case on TV's O'Reilly Factor
May 2, 2006
May 2, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - [Download Video: "Limbaugh and The Media" - 2031kb] "Nothing gets the media more revved up than a celebrity with legal trouble, and especially somebody like Limbaugh who's been very critical of the mainstream media over the years," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, told FOX News' O'Reilly Factor tonight. "I'm sure there's some glee that goes along with reporting about his legal difficulties."
Dr. McCall discussed the media's reporting on the deal Rush Limbaugh reached with prosecutors who were investigating a prescription drug fraud case and, specifically, the Associated Press' initial report that Limbaugh had been arrested, when in fact, he surrended to authorities. "I think there could have been a better choice of words here," the professor stated, "because I think the best way to tell a story like this is to -- as clearly as possible -- tell the audience what happened. The simple way to do this would have been to say, 'Rush Limbaugh and his attorney came to the West Palm Beach police facility.'"
The DePauw professor was joined in the discussion with host Bill O'Reilly by FOX News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. It marked McCall's sixth appearance on the O'Reilly Factor, which is the most-viewed news program on cable television, averaging a total of about 3 million viewers each night over its two airings.
[Download Video: "Care" - 1222kb] "The Associated Press is a well-regarded news organization," McCall added. "They have many members around the country -- radio stations, TV stations, newspapers -- they cover gazillions of stories. It's hard to get the exact word choice exactly right every time, but in this case I think probably more care could have been taken."
A 1976 graduate of DePauw, McCall last appeared on the program February 3. Access video clips of that show in this previous story.
An op-ed by the professor, examining how television news outlets have reported the increases in gasoline prices and oil company profits, was published in today's Indianapolis Star. Read more here.
He also talked with the Baltimore Sun about the new feature film, United 93. Learn more by clicking here.
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