Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Are Facts Obsolete?

Thomas Sowell is my kind of journalist, in that he tells it like it is!

What is more frightening than any particular policy or ideology is the widespread habit of disregarding facts. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey put it this way: "Demagoguery beats data."

Sowell talks about how the media tells us things they want us to hear, but not the things we should be hearing. In other words, the news is always BIAS, and filtered. He talks about how we are given facts on the WHYS we should peruse certain areas, like gun control, or medical care in other countries on which to base our own laws, but seldom will you ever hear the reasons these should not be perused! Even our educators seem to filter out information that would balance out what they are teaching to our students. And, those very facts could be found in any library from an almanac or encyclopedia.

Crimes against homosexuals, blacks, or the homeless are big news to be dramatized, repeated, and denounced. Crimes committed by homosexuals, blacks, or the homeless are not — and are often passed over in silence by much of the media. The net result is that the public gets filtered facts, which can create an impression the direct opposite of the truth.

The result is the fact that yes, facts are becoming obsolete, but only in the minds of those reporting, teaching, or otherwise un-interested! I, for one, want to know the truth, as countless others around the country would, also. But, truth, as a whole, doesn't seem to be on the minds of some these days.

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Nathan Bradfield said...

Very good point. The MSM keeps getting worse the longer they go without a liberal in office. They just can't win at the polls and with no judges to advance their agenda, the media is asked to step up and fill the void.

Barbara said...

Yes, and when you find any media person willing to step up and tell it like it is, they never fail to get hounded, like they are betrayers!