I have written about this topic before. You can check out that post here. Today something happened that forced me to touch on this subject again. It started when somebody read a post I made and asked me for clarification on something I said about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In clarifying what I had initially said, I mentioned that “I am not the type of person that easily believes the stuff I see/hear on the news.” After reading my response, somebody else commented by saying “So you don’t believe the news but believe online material written by any kid or disgruntled, bored wannabe journalist with no facts…”. That comment got me thinking about how people view the news, and I decided to do a post about it.
Have you ever wondered how something makes its way on the news? We watch the news often, some of us watch/listen & believe what we see or hear religiously. But have we ever wondered why we are being shown this issue or topic versus something else? Have you ever seen a situation where something you thought was important or deserved coverage, not make it on the news or was not given enough coverage? The point I am trying to make in all of this is, whether we realize it or not, somebody else is deciding for us what is newsworthy. Someone is deciding what information they want to give you & your loved ones. I don’t know about you, but I am not comfortable with that. I haven’t been comfortable with that for a while now. I am not telling you NOT to watch the news. I am telling you to try & get your news from as many sources as possible. Try & get your news from as many media types as possible. Do not settle for the news that they are giving you or what they want you to know. Try to research topics & issues that interest you. Always try to get as much information on a particular topic as possible. Don’t take the information presented on the news as gospel. Use your intelligence when it comes to the information you receive. Question everything!
Peace. Jah Guide!