As this story notes, it sounds like a late April Fool’s Day joke, but the “progressive” website The Young Turks responded to the Sinclair Broadcasting video about avoiding “fake news” with its own video on the subject, featuring (grab something solid)…Dan Rather. Despite being neither young nor Turkish, the former CBS newsman now works for the site after being let go by CBS due to “Rathergate,” a famous fake news scandal that actually bears his name. That was when he tried to kneecap George W. Bush just before the 2004 election on “60 Minutes” with alleged ROTC documents that were quickly proven to be obvious forgeries by bloggers “in their pajamas” (Rather still insists they were fake, but accurate).
Dan offers several tips on how to avoid falling for “fake news.” They include:
No news outlet is perfect, but trustworthy ones admit when they screwed up (does that mean they don’t keep insisting that proven forgeries are fake, but accurate?)
They don’t rely on just one news source (I agree; until “Roseanne” came along, conservatives had nothing to laugh at on TV if they didn’t tune in CNN and MSNBC occasionally).
“If you find yourself agreeing with everything your news outlet says, you’re doing it wrong.” Ironically, I again agree, but I’d add that if your news outlet only presents things that it agrees with, it’s doing it wrong, too. That includes thinking that a panel show featuring six liberals and one conservative is “balance.”
Find a commentator whose politics and values differ from yours, and “If you can’t find such a person, maybe the media is not the problem.” I have a standing invitation to liberals to come on my TBN show where I promise they’ll get a friendly welcome and a fair hearing. So far, my problem is finding anyone who’ll take me up on it.
Finally, I want to quote this last one verbatim: “Remember that what the news tells you is far less important than what they decide to talk about in the first place. If they focus on personal, salacious and speculative stories, find a new outlet, one that drills in on issues that actually affect real lives, your wallet or pocketbook, health and education, schools, social justice, the environment.”
He's right: you can spot bias by "what they decide to talk about." For instance, if your news outlet focuses on “social justice,” that’s a pretty good tip-off that news is not its #1 concern. As for avoiding those that focus on stories that are personal, salacious and speculative, I guess we can all stop watching “60 Minutes” now. And if all the news outlets that are constantly blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton losing had drilled their chosen candidate to focus on voters’ real lives, pocketbooks, health and schools, maybe she should have won.
So how do you know you can trust my site not to be one-sided, unfair and partisan, even though I openly admit to my conservative viewpoint? Well, I just spent most of this article quoting Dan Rather. I even agreed with a lot of what he said. Now, if only he and fellow liberal news reporters would just start acting as if they agreed with it, too, then we’d have some common ground to build on.
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