Lashon Ha-Ra on the news

Q: Is there a problem with hearing Lashon Ha-Ra on the news?
A: First of all, one does not need to listen to the news every hour. A summary of the news once a day is enough. Now, most of the news is not Lashon Ha-Ra. If there is suddenly Lashon Ha-Ra on the news, plug your ears. When a friend speaks Lashon Ha-Ra, you also have to plug your ears although it is uncomfortable; but when there is Lashon Ha-Ra on the radio there is no such difficulty in plugging your ears. One should therefore act this way.