Thursday, November 13, 2008

Don't believe everything you hear or read....

Some news from the day:

NEW YORK — Commuters nationwide found out during Wednesday's morning rush hour that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had ended and global warming, health care spending and the economy's problems were on their way to being solved.

On behalf of a collective of liberal activists, 1,000 volunteers across the country handed out 1.2 million copies of a spoof of The New York Times, dated July 4, 2009.

At first glance, the parody, which used the Times' Gothic-style font on the nameplate, could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

The 14-page paper — which also announced the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs and a recall for all gasoline-fueled cars — showed up in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, it's been shown that MSNBC, the LA Times, and other news outlets were tricked into reporting false information about Sarah Palin, both during and after the campaign. Information intended to make her out to be incredibly stupid and misinformed. (I'm not saying she's perfect)

Folks, when are we going to learn that the news media of America exists not to provide information, but to make money? This is not the era of John Peter Zenger, criticizing real problems with the British, this is not even the days of Woodward and Bernstein. This is the time where 'unnamed sources' are reported as if they have absolute credibility, and the media rushes to beat everyone else to the mike with the information.

This not a rant about liberal vs. conservative bias. Those things blatantly exist. CNN, MSNBC are slanted to the liberal, Fox to the conservative. Don't believe me? Chris Matthews of MSNBC stated that he wanted to do everything possible for Obama to succeed. He's an anchor, supposed to be unbiased, like Walter Cronkite. And believe me, Fox wanted to stop Obama. It's just that CNN and MSNBC are so far left, it makes Fox look center.

You cannot believe what you read or see unless you fact check it yourself, and then still, wait a little while. Websites are easy to produce, faked videos easy to put on the web. Unless it's a story about some of our ditzy princesses in Hollywood, if it seems that someone is being portrayed as unbelievably dumb, don't believe it.

How do we sort this out? As Christians, we should spend more time with the absolute truth we know, the Bible, so that our ability to sort out lies is strengthened. The Secret Service, whose people are more responsible for literal protection of our money than they are to protect the President, trains bank professionals how to find counterfeit currency. It's done by handing out fakes and examining them. It's done by handing out real money, spending countless hours in review of what is real. Then counterfeit shows up easily.

Spend your time with the real truth. The One who said 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.'' Spend it with the Lord Jesus Christ.

And then you'll be better prepared to detect truth everywhere.

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