I would like to point out that there’s plenty of room between “I believe everything I hear because my sources are impeccable!” and “I think I have a sufficient selection of news sources so that mostly, I’m pretty sure my sources are reasonably accurate.”
I’m also selective and don’t believe everything I read or hear — no matter who said it. My reading sources — the ones to which I subscribe — are:
- The Washington Post
- The New York Times
- National Geographic
- The New Yorker
- The Smithsonian.
I also read summaries from The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, and Huff. We watch the local news and sometimes, international — depending on what’s going on. We also know people who still work in the news and if we aren’t sure about something, we ask. Usually, it’s Garry who asks.
I’m not sure that the news was ever presented fairly, accurately, and without bias, not in today’s electronic world or earlier on leaflets or via town crier. Every news group has an agenda. It’s why they want to do news.
While I want to believe whatever Walter Cronkite said was the truth, I’m sure he got stuff wrong.
FACTOID FOR FANS: In Yiddish, the word “Cronkite” means “ailment.” In my house, every time Walter’s name came up, my mother laughed. He was, to her, “Walter Ailment.”
Everyone gets stuff wrong sometimes. Did he write his newscast to conform to his opinions? No. But did his personal beliefs have at least some effect on how he wrote and what he said? Not to the point of losing the reality or changing the facts, but a bit. Some.
You can know all the details of an event, misadventure, or real catastrophe, but that’s the event portion. Mostly, the event is well-documented by enough people to be a “fact.” On the other hand, the breakdown of what an event means or meant is what I’m looking for. I assume we are all looking for that. Well, I used to think people were seeking truth. Now I think they are just looking for confirmation that whatever they already believe is true because someone somewhere said so.
Everyone has an opinion including journalists. Good ones do their best to not push personal opinions over the air. It doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion. As for giving up on the news? How do you know where you fit in the world if you don’t follow the news? How do you know if the events in the world will affect you?
I can understand not wanting to spend all ones spare time dealing with the news — but no news? Then there are those who not only won’t watch news, they also don’t read. Probably this means they aren’t going to learn anything.
I do not believe school taught me much except the basics of reading and arithmetic. Everything else, I learned by reading, through work, and from personal experience. I get indigestion when I realize how few people actually read books anymore. I think it’s a mistake to withdraw from the world because you don’t like it. That’s how we got to where we are now and if most people keep doing the same thing, we’ll have the same results.
And then, there’s Faux Nooz.