If all the information I had about the U.S. president was what I read and heard from our nation’s major media outlets in the last six months, I would think that our former president could do no wrong and that our current one can do no right – that our former president was a decent man, worthy of the utmost respect, and that our current president lacks decency, and is worthy of little respect and perhaps even contempt. This is the sense I would have from major news sources.
When I reflect on what I’m being told about these two presidents, I have to ask myself, “Is it reasonable to believe that the two men are being judged objectively? As a person keenly interested in truth, I cannot help but conclude that those who are reporting to me on the activities of these two men are not objective observers. They are taking sides in the battle. If the differences between the two men were as stark – as night and day different – as the news providers are suggesting, the same country could not have elected both men.
No one wants to watch a football game in which the referees make their calls based on their own personal team loyalties. No one wants to watch baseball if the umpires are “homers” – that is, giving the benefit of every call to the home team. It’s not edifying to keep up with current events if the selected facts are alternately emphasized or deemphasized in order to consistently favor one side of the argument.
Alas, as someone recently said, “If we don’t keep up with the news, we’re uninformed; but if we do keep up with the news, we’re misinformed.” When is the news not news? When those providing it to you shape it according to their biases.
Yes, I am aware that in this day and age there are alternative news sources, but that takes time that one often doesn’t have, and even when you find an alternative source you’re sometimes just exchanging one set of reporting biases for another.
The point is that we live in a mendacious world, and in an increasingly mendacious time. If you are a person who cares about truth, be careful what information you consume and the sources from which it comes. Better to have a little information and know that it’s true than to have a lot of information that suppresses and distorts truth.
This is just one more reason I love the Bible: it is…good…news…that is 100% reliable.