Letter to the Editor

Truth: It’s what we need

To the editor: Archaeological evidence show that even back many thousands of years ago leaders and their supporters tried to influence public opinion by publicizing exaggerated versions of their triumphs, ignoring or minimizing their failures, or even spinning those failures as victories.

It is obvious that this still goes on and not just in nations controlled by dictatorial tyrants who can control all the media. To some extent all of us do it. We minimize our failure to arrive on time by blaming the traffic, we may exaggerate how big the fish we caught was, but most of us are not in charge of how billions of dollars are spent nor have a say in actions that may result in wars that may kill untold numbers of people.

Truth is extremely important in such decisions. Relying upon false information vastly increases the likelihood of getting bad results. Unfortunately, far too many people, including many of our leaders, have been relying upon a foreign-owned source of information that in pandering to those most susceptible to messages of fear have been led astray by the spin and lack of corrective information it provides. Perhaps using something like the Media Bias Chart to select your sources of news will result in better decisions and less time wasted in getting false or misleading information. Oh yes, and support your local paper.

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