What got me on this topic again is an interview that I heard yesterday. They were interviewing someone who had been a reporter for forty years and was now instructing in some kind of journalism school. She maintained that journalists are reporting accurately. I have some doubts about this.
News has become jumbled in with all day interviewing where the interviewer wants to have things said that will raise ratings for their show and station. . Now I'm sure those interviewers would disagree with me.
I follow the War in the Ukraine very closely. You read one article and it's for sure the Ukraine will win. You read another article and it's a sure thing that the Russians will win.
I follow current affairs here . Politicians can bend the truth a long way to the slant that they wish publicized. Politicians present their information as truth and what the other guy says is incorrect. The truth is out there. Public figures don't seem willing to give it to us.
Accuracy gets mixed in with information that should be informative. Are reporters taking enough time to dig into an issue? Are reporters making sure that what they report is accurate?
I have also found myself to be part of the problem. I have been guilty of thinking that my side or what I think is the truth. I have looked for information that agrees with my opinion. In the Ukraine war I obviously see the Ukrainians as the good guys. A commentator I recently heard, said that the Ukraine was winning in the way the story was being told. the Ukraine was successful in showing us that the Russians were the bad guys.
I think we're all searching for the truth. We don't like to be lied to. We want things to be accurate.
One line in the song "Storms never last do they baby" is "I know your search was for the truth."
My search is for the truth.
Am I naive?