One of the most unusual, yet persistent, problems television broadcasters face is what Tom Grimes calls "unitentional defamation."
"This takes place when TV news viewers memory plays tricks on them and they end up remembering the facts of a TV news story in a way that defames an innocent person portrayed in the news story," said Grimes, the Ross Beach research chair in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University.
"People tend to use stereotypes to remember a persons role in a news story," Grimes said. "So if a black policeman is shown arresting a white criminal, some viewers may remember the black policeman as the criminal, and the white criminal as the policeman, thus defaming the black policeman."
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