Fandango Provocative Question # News

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

In my formative years and through the late twentieth century, I got most of my news from primarily from four sources: radio, local and national broadcast TV news stations, newspapers, and news magazines (e.g., TimeNewsweek).

I considered these news sources, perhaps somewhat naively in hindsight, to be relatively reliable purveyors of objective truths and facts. Today, however, thanks to the internet, there are myriad “news” sources (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, cable news channels, right-leaning websites, left-leaning websites, blogs) and truths and facts seem to have become quite subjective.

My provocative question this week is simply this:

Where do you get most of your news from? Do you consider your primary news source (or sources) to be objective purveyors of truths and facts?

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This is my view about news. I stopped watching the news, reading newspapers, and listening to it on the radio. I’ve also stopped getting any news from social media!

Why? You may ask.

News depresses me. All of it is a mixture of false, trivial, and half-truths. Half truths are equivalent to lies in my mind when it comes to reporting news.

Most channels have their vested interests. They show us what they think we should be shown and informed. The rest is binned because it doesn’t suits them or their bosses.

I used to trust CNN for international coverage but that also omits a lot of newsworthy items because……. yes it doesn’t suit their big boss. Same is the case with BBC, once it was a reliable source of news but not anymore.

How I get my news, you may wonder?

I ask my husband the relevant questions and get straight answers. He watched all sorts of news channels and talk shows where they discuss the news to death. He knows I don’t like the mega dose of negativity that comes daily via the news cast, so he just sticks to the facts.

I ask him the current covid numbers in my country and city. Or if the in-person schooling is going to start soon. Or about the stores opening on the weekends. This is all I’m interested in these days.

All the rest I leave to those who have a strong stomach to digest this crap!

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21 thoughts on “Fandango Provocative Question # News

  1. I have largely stopped watching the news these days too. I got too disgusted. I do read the local paper and occasionally watch a cable channel, but I will not listen to anyone who spouts hate.

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  2. I believe it was Mark Twain who said “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” Now, of course, you’d have to include network news, cable news, and radio (news magazines are a pathetic shadow of their former selves and are essentially irrelevant at this point), but the point is still the same. And social media is the worst. You’re better off finding something more constructive to do with your time.

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    1. Thanks John, I agree that wasting time in from of tv, trying to know what’s happening is just a colossal waste. If something important is going on, someone is bound to tell me.

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  3. I don’t watch or listen to news programs, but I do get the local paper. Someone once asked me if I worried that I might not know about something important like national security or the stock market failing. I said no because if it was all that important, everyone would be talking about it, and I would hear about it that way.

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