Now that I am back in the US, I joined the local Planet Fitness. And as I did the reclining bike for the first time, two news stations were on the TV monitors in front of me.
And was I ever shocked by what I saw! Shocked enough that I moved over 3 bikes to block them out.
You see, I gave up watching cable news years ago. And I couldn’t believe the raw editorializing that I saw and also undocumented claims to truth. This does deep harm to our country, as one scholar says: ““If we’re no longer operating from the same foundation of facts, then it’s going to be a lot harder to have conversations as a country…It will fuel more divisions in our country, and I think that ultimately is the legacy of the misinformation we’re seeing right now.”
Now, I would hate to be That Guy, who humble-brags that he doesn’t even own a television (I do, and watch it way too much).
But I get almost all my news from Associated Press, which has an excellent reputation for being very relatively non-partisan and factually reliable. I say “very relatively” non-partisan and reliable, since it is humanly impossible to be absolutely without bias or error. Associated Press is tied with Reuters for reliability, but I prefer AP because of its nice app.
Will anyone accept this challenge for 2022?
A FAST from digital or cable “news” outlets for 3 months. AND ALSO “news” from Twitter or Facebook or YouTube or any outlet that is ungoverned by standard journalistic principles and ethics.
LIMIT yourself to print wire services, perhaps Reuters or AP.
AND USE your own eyes and ears to tell you WHAT is going on in the world and WHAT it means. Use common sense. Have discernment.
I guess that within 3 months your view of the world will change. You will be calmer and feel less threatened. Less frightened about what “they want to do to me if they had half a chance.” Especially if you currently feel anxiety about turning off the news because, “Then I won’t know what is really going on in the world and what it means!”
NOTE: What is the most “mainstream” news source? Despite their implication to the contrary, it’s Fox News. In December 2021 it was far and away the most watched source, with more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.
“A Challenge for 2022 – a Fast from Cable News,” by Gary S. Shogren, PhD from Aberdeen University