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Views #116 | High Beginner 3

The Media

Kerri talks about where she gets her news and info to keep in touch with the world.
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Todd: OK, Kerri, I'm going to ask you about the news. Do you follow the news everyday?

Kerri: Sometimes.

Todd: How do you follow the news?

Kerri: Well, in Japan mostly the radio or the internet.

Todd: Oh, really. OK. What radio station?

Kerri: NPR, but on the military station.

Todd: OK. And what internet websites do you listen to?

Kerri: Well, usually it is just AP news or whatever.

Todd: OK. How much of the news do you think is true?

Kerri: I don't know. That's a tough question. I think that because there're so many journalists that often what makes into the papers is fairly accurate, but unfortunately some people leak information that is untrue to sway public opinion, so you have to kind of weed through things and consider why that news story is made public.

Todd: Yeah. How do most people in your country get the news?

Kerri: I think most people in the states get the news from TV and from the main broadcasting stations. The evening news sort of thing.

Todd: OK. Thanks Keri.

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How do you follow the news?

If you 'follow' news about something you read everything you can to learn the newest information.  Notice the following:

  1. He follows the celebrity gossip like an addiction.
  2. Do you follow any sports?


Some people leak information that is untrue.

If you give private information to the public then you are 'leaking information.'  This frequently happens with celebrity information and criminal cases.  Notice the following:

  1. I told her to keep it a secret, but somehow the story leaked to our friends.
  2. When some very secretive information appeared in the newspaper it was obvious that there was a leak on the police team.


To sway public opinion.

To 'sway someone's opinion' is change his opinion by presenting information that will make him change his mind.  Notice the following:

  1. He is very stubborn.  You will never sway his opinion.
  2. The more she talked, the more my opinion began to sway.


You have to weed through things.

To 'weed' through information means to look through a lot of unimportant information to find something interesting or useful.  Notice the following:

  1. It was very tiring to weed through all the unnecessary information in the book.
  2. There is a lot of mail on the table.  Can you weed through it and take out the important things.

make public

You have to consider why a news story is made public.

If something is presented in the news, newspaper or on the radio it has been made public. Notice the following:

  1. Many celebrities have their private lives made public through the media.
  2. He made a public the fact that he was getting a divorce.


Vocabulary Quiz

follow • leaked • swayed
weed • public
  1. It's hard to through all of these numbers to find the information that I need.
  2. This is the only series that I .
  3. We still don't know who information about his arrest.
  4. They haven't made their divorce yet.
  5. Watching that documentary my opinion of eating meat.
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