Don’t Forget to Fact Check!

This is just a friendly reminder that just about every news source nowadays is quite biased and might not be bringing you all the facts. We are so fortunate to live in the age of the internet, to live in a time when we can have all the TRUE facts at our fingertips. One of the times that fact-checking is most important is in political news. It is important to know that opposing candidates and biased news sources will report false facts about a candidate who just might be the best person for the job.

I’ll provide a personal example. There is a rather large newspaper in the Inland Empire, The Press Enterprise and quite frankly it does not report the FACTS on any issue. Instead of news, it prints the opinions of the writers and the owners of the paper. I find it hard to read this particular newspaper because I know that much of what I am reading is false and/or opinion. This is unacceptable and it brings into question the integrity of professional journalism today. Forget about the Brian Williams scandal, it happens every day in newspapers and on TV news programs across the nation.

TV is a breeding ground for biases and misinformation and we see it all the time on Fox News and MSNBC. Somewhere in the middle of Fox and MSNBC is the truth, THAT is what we must follow and believe. It’s sad that shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, shows of the comedy and parody genres, actually present the news more realistically than actual news programming. They’re great shows and the way they use parody and satire to get their audiences to see the TRUTH is amazing, but audiences should be able to access factual news on every news show and news network in the country.

So next time you’re watching or reading the news and find a story suspicious, just GOOGLE IT!


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