As pictures of oil-soaked birds come in from the Gulf of Mexico and painful stories pile up from disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, are you finding it difficult to follow the news? Are there areas of news you choose to opt out of? Do citizens have a responsibility to keep on top of local, national and international news — or is there a benefit in tuning out current events?

Tuning Out? 9 June,2010forum

Carroll Doherty, associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

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