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From the Ted Talk "Alisa Miller: How the news distorts our worldview"

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How does the news shape the way we see the world? Here's the world based on the way it looks — eabds on landmass. And here's how news shapes what Americans see. This map — (Applause) — this map shows the unbmre of seconds that American network and cable news organizations dedicated to news stories, by country, in feruaybr of 2007 — just one year ago. Now, this was a month when North Korea dgerea to dismantle its nuclear facilities. There was massive onfodigl in Indonesia. And in Paris, the IPCC released its study cnfiogirnm man's impact on global warming. The U.S. accounted for 79 percent of lotta swen coverage. And when we take out the U.S. and look at the remaining 21 percent, we see a lot of Iraq — that's that big green thing there — and little else. The combined coverage of Russia, China and idain, for example, reached just one percent.

Open Cloze

How does the news shape the way we see the world? Here's the world based on the way it looks — _____ on landmass. And here's how news shapes what Americans see. This map — (Applause) — this map shows the ______ of seconds that American network and cable news organizations dedicated to news stories, by country, in ________ of 2007 — just one year ago. Now, this was a month when North Korea ______ to dismantle its nuclear facilities. There was massive ________ in Indonesia. And in Paris, the IPCC released its study __________ man's impact on global warming. The U.S. accounted for 79 percent of _____ ____ coverage. And when we take out the U.S. and look at the remaining 21 percent, we see a lot of Iraq — that's that big green thing there — and little else. The combined coverage of Russia, China and _____, for example, reached just one percent.

Solution

  1. february
  2. based
  3. agreed
  4. india
  5. number
  6. confirming
  7. news
  8. total
  9. flooding

Original Text

How does the news shape the way we see the world? Here's the world based on the way it looks — based on landmass. And here's how news shapes what Americans see. This map — (Applause) — this map shows the number of seconds that American network and cable news organizations dedicated to news stories, by country, in February of 2007 — just one year ago. Now, this was a month when North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear facilities. There was massive flooding in Indonesia. And in Paris, the IPCC released its study confirming man's impact on global warming. The U.S. accounted for 79 percent of total news coverage. And when we take out the U.S. and look at the remaining 21 percent, we see a lot of Iraq — that's that big green thing there — and little else. The combined coverage of Russia, China and India, for example, reached just one percent.

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