Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Writing - What is the truth?

My father was an avid follower of the news and current affairs but with a cautionary approach.

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One of the tenets he drilled into me was that you shouldn't automatically believe everything you read or see in the news.
You may ask yourselves, and I have posed this question to myself, what do you believe?

It is very difficult to provide an answer but I would say that if our media doesn't always tell the truth it is sometimes a sin of omission rather than an attempt to deliberately mislead the populace. Of course that depends very much on the country in which you live. I believe that there is a high degree of naivety in the UK when it comes to this topic. Many people believe that if it is seen on the BBC it must be true.
As an example you just need to look at the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn in the last election campaign. He was almost ridiculed by the BBC to the point where people were referring to him as an idiot and unsuitable for the post of Prime Minister without a shred of evidence but for the voice of the media.

In fact if they took the time to research the man they would be astonished at the achievements for peace and more that he has brokered round the world, and what a superb public speaker he is.

I'm not selling the labour party but the need for open honest reporting in the media. This is, in my opinion, why the social media has had such an influence on a range of matters across the world. 
What I would argue for is a media system that was not owned by billionaire corporations or political parties but independently run, state funded but with citizen control.

During this year alone there have been countless examples of biased reporting and articles omitted because politically they lean this way or that. We will find out the truth when 30 years has past and documents become available for public scrutiny.

If you use social media please be fair and honest.

God Bless