I used to think that “the news” was supposed to report facts and incidents happening around the world. Now it seems that news stations are really only platforms for people to get on their soap boxes and make their biases go viral.
So for the first time I have moved the news as a source to secondary status. Especially during this campaign season it can be hard to know what or whom to believe. So I am going to the candidates’ social media platforms so that I can read what they are saying and their response to accusations. I never cease to be amazed at how much I learn through Twitter that is near impossible to find on major news outlets.
In a world where everything is changing, it is sad not to be able to trust what is published online or in print. But I hope it opens our eyes to the fact that everything we read has a bias. It is up to us to use our discernment to distinguish truth from error. So I hope like me you are putting your wits and wisdom to distinguishing fact from fiction.
When a story goes viral it does not necessarily mean that the story is true. Think about it: Are viruses good? I find that more often than not lies go viral more than the truth. Because let’s face it: We’re in a world where we like to hear the negative more than the positive.