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There seems to be a growing disregard for facts and truth in much of the news media. Can you trust your news sources? It is clear many so-called news media are neither factual nor truthful. What a danger to a healthy democratic republic as the United States.
It must also be asked: Are we becoming a society where truth is becoming an expendable commodity, a fluid medium of exchange?
Perhaps the greatest harm is the growing mistrust of all media. The good is often lumped with the bad.
Can you trust your news sources?
How many issues — consuming Congress and state governments, political organizations, parents, and other concerned citizens — are being fueled knowingly by distortions and downright lies.
Many come to mind: the false claim that any measure to ban military style AR-15 automatic weapons is an attempt to take away 2nd Amendment gun rights; that immigrants should be deported because they are bringing drugs and crime into the country; that books should be banned, and high school curricula restricted because they are promoting critical race theory (CRT) or false black history.
Not to mention the growing concern about “Wokeness” and “Cancel Culture” as viable issues, both of which are gaining unwarranted and unjustifiable attention and legislative actions.
In this divisive and distorted environment, reliable media outlets are more important than ever. Can you trust your news sources?
It begs the question how we can continue to tune in day after day, night after night, and be gullible and dependable viewers that boost ratings of so-called news programs even if we suspect, maybe even know that they are scarce on facts and truth, but generous on lies and propaganda.
If facts and truths are expendable in our public discourse, and the press cannot be relied upon to hold government, politicians, elected officials, and businesses accountable in all areas that define the quality of life for American citizens, what possibly can be the country’s future?
America is at a critical crossroads in many areas. As we try to gain a better understanding of the issues at hand, sadly we must remain mindful that all news sources are not truthful. Again, can you trust your news sources?
There has been a tremendous erosion in the role the press has played in preserving, promoting, and strengthening our democracy. Regaining that role is paramount to the future of America.
Freedom of the Press, carries with it the awesome responsibility of reporting facts and truths about issues and events, including any comment and analysis of those same issues and events.
In order to have confidence in what the media is reporting or discussing whether on radio, TV, in newspapers, or online, the press must restore public trust.
Can you trust your news sources? If not, why not?
It is worth serious consideration.
Portions of this article first appeared in the Missouri Independent.