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I just don't know about the NEWS

Posted by DHoffmeyer on Thursday, January 8, 2009

Having worked for a daily newspaper since 1994, I've seen lots of stories that I'll remember for the rest of my life.  But recently,  what I'm seeing in print and on TV, and what I KNOW seem to be on divergent paths.  The "news" as it is, may no longer be the accurate and objective reporting of events.

Admittedly, I stand one click right of center on most issues, but I'm bothered by the betrayal I suspect when a story heads in the direction of agenda or outright propoganda.  And I'm seeing more of it than I ever thought possible.

There are some in the industry who have made the increasingly difficult stand to remain objective, and I support them by reading their products, visiting their websites, watching their broadcasts.   They are becoming, sadly, pariahs to rest of the industry who more frequently demand, "Choose a side, as long as it is our side."  Always, the truth is somewhere in between. 

To find the truth, first, educate yourself on events by selecting a variety of sources from which to glean your knowledge.   Second, reject reports from those who always favor a person, party, or agenda.  No one is perfect.  Third, and most important, pay attention.  If one refuses to look to the horizon, they'll never see the approach of an opponent, or a friend.



5 comments on “I just don't know about the NEWS”

fisher Says:
Thursday, January 8, 2009 @8:24:29 PM

Funny,I was having the same though today. I think you hit the nail on the head.

Graypeddler Says:
Thursday, January 8, 2009 @8:53:59 PM

I have always believed that it has always been this way. I read Bias?Not sure of title, I agreed with it.  One thing is true . My banjo is paid for no matter what comes over the hill and I plan on picking Till they pry my fingers from the strings. Smile, Things will get worse, then they will get better, and then we will have something to pick about.

clio Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @4:48:28 AM

Happy days are here again!

frailin Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @7:01:42 AM

Well spoken concern, Dean.  I, too worry about the media.

Craig

wannabepicker Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @12:09:33 PM

You are right on, Dean ... it may have always been there subtly, maybe, but it is hardly subtle now.

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