Years ago, before the growth of the internet, cable television, streaming, etc, most of us, relied upon, a combination of newspapers, and trusted (by us) news reporters, to provide us, with the news of the day! While, it probably, was, at – best, incomplete, then, we were not inundated, with the degree of conspiracy theories, and biased, fake news, as we are today! While, we find out, about things, in a much – more, timely manner, unfortunately, too many people, end up, relying upon some else’s opinion, attitude, political/ personal agenda, and/ or, purposely, false reports (or distorted/ biased), instead of making it, our personal responsibility, to thoroughly, consider, and attempt to, accurately, evaluate news reports, to determine, and differentiate, between actual facts, as opposed to someone’s opinion, etc! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 considerations, to become a better – informed, citizen.
1. Is it a “black – and – white,” type, issue?: What, may appear, obvious, to some, seems far – less, obvious, to someone else! Doesn’t it make sense, to, examine, what the choices, are, as well as the actual facts? Is this, a yes – or – no, one – way, or another, situation, or are their options, in – between? Why does it seem, everything, ends – up, being a partisan issue, when we might benefit, if there was more effort, to achieve a true, meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good? What are the potential ramifications of specific actions, and/ or, putting – them – off?
2. Opinion/ interpretation, versus, data: We often witness, data being, misinterpreted, misstated, misused, etc, either purposely, or, not! Those, with specific, political/ partisan positions, often, pick – and – choose, and selectively, apply, only, part of the issues! If, you want, to evaluate any news report, thoroughly, examine the actual data, instead of the interpretations, and/ or, opinions! If, you feel, you aren’t capable of understanding, what the data, means and represents, listen to actual – experts, etc, instead of those, seeking to transform their opinions, to facts!