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The Press, Trust and Relativism

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While reading a post by Hinderacker at Powerline, “ASSOCIATED PRESS: PEOPLE DON’T TRUST THE MEDIA, BUT WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY,” Oprah’s now immmortal Golden Globes speech came to mind:

I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. [emphasis added]

And then it dawned on me.  Relativism is now so deeply a part of our culture that we argue veracity instead of seeking truth.  Let that sink in for a moment.  The question is no longer, “WHAT is truth?’ but rather “WHO is telling the truth?”

The reasons behind this are multitudinous – from a world become so complex that we must rely on experts to the fact that we are just too stubborn to consider things outside our comfort zones.

Here’s what I know – “news” is now sprayed at us in volumes and at pressures like water from a fire hose, virtually free of charge, in order to attract eyeballs to ads.  The money is not in the news it is in the ads.  In other words, the news is of no value.  “Content,” not truth, is all that matters.  The only thing that stands between us and people just writing “news” out of thin air is the character of the writer.  The internet has revealed a world full of writers without character, and as Hinderacker points out, revealed a few in mainstream media along the way.

But nothing is going to change it until we the consumers are of sufficient character to demand truth.  What was it Ronald Reagan said about the Soviets?  Oh yeah “Trust, but verify.”  Maybe if we did a little work before we hit the “share” button – you know verify – things would improve.




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