I know many people are struggling to figure out the truth right now when it comes to our news. We are in a time in history, like never before, where we are fed news stories from every angle. What you read in one place will be completely contradicted in another!
News agencies no longer report the news without bias. They clearly interject it, and their slants are obvious, if you are aware and if you look for them.
Believe it or not, but I graduated with a journalism degree, and bias was explicitly condemned back then. But with big rich billionaire owners of our media today, their influence has changed the standard. Money now talks and has great influence.
Anyway, when I can’t see a person speak, which is my gold standard for getting to the truth, I have to take certain measures myself.
What measures are they? How do you find the truth?
You have to do a handful of things:
- You have to realize that no one news source will give you everything you need to know. To get to the truth, you need to review varying inputs. Don’t read one article or watch one reporter, and accept what they say as the truth. Review many different articles and reports from different sources. I do this daily. Read, read, read!
- Review contradictory sources, too. The more information you read and watch, the more you can compare and contrast statements which will pinpoint the truth more clearly.
- Know what your emotional biases are, and know when they affect you. If you don’t know your biases, you will never get to the truth.
- Go to foreign newspapers to read their perspective. It will definitely surprise you. Countries not involved in our issues will have a more unbiased view. What do they think? You can even translate articles from foreign countries using Google Translate when news affects different countries. I’ve done it many times.
- Apply logic to the information you hear. If someone says they are going to do something altruistic, see if you can find reasons why they might be doing it to benefit themselves on other levels. Often times, it takes seconds to find a credible source as to a person’s true intent, and its often not altruistic. If someone says everyone else is lying, but everyone accuses the person of being a liar — you have much keener insight.
- Always consider underlying motivations. What would motivate a person or organization to do what they are doing?
- Consider past performance, stories, and history to understand the present. Are there parallels in history? What was the outcome?
- Seek out educational resources for information. What do highly trained experts from our nations top ivy league universities say? What do foreign educated experts say? What do elderly people say–they’ve lived a long time and might have keen insight from experiences you don’t know about. Consider seeing what PBS might have to offer.
- Seek out articles from people who write on the topic who have doctorates and PhD.s. Seek out scientific journals! It’s not that these people are smarter then other people, but they have more information and you can learn from them. They’ve studied the topic in depth. Seek several educated experts. Then compare what is the majority opinion?
The more you read, and the more you know, the more educated your knowledge will be, and the truth will become clear and clear. I can assure you right now with our political climate, if I were to ask 100 people on the street basic facts, while they all would have opinions, few would know the actual details and motivations behind what is actually going on.
So become someone in-the-know. It only takes 15-30 minutes a day of quiet, but educational reading.
That’s how you get the truth in the news and reporting. Powerful news organizations can control their output, but they can’t control what other agencies say!