As a society, we seem to labor today with some of life’s simple things, as for example, the truth.
I hear people berating Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, etc. etc., claiming the truth is not being told. Everyone has a different version it seems, of the truth. Brian Williams seems to have a problem remembering it, and many have a hard time telling it.
I read an article today that Pres. Obama decided to lie about his stand on gay marriage in 2009 to get elected.
Dan Rather several years ago seem to have a problem when checking sources for a story he wrote about President Bush.
Whether you are Republican or Democrat, in today’s world, you are a fool if you believe what you hear on the news from any one source. There is bias galore on both sides of the political spectrum on everything from the price of gas and its causes, to economics, terrorism, education, and even down to the terms and definitions of words we use when we speak to each other.
I contend that if you’re looking for someone to lead you to the truth the only place you are going to be led is to their version of it. Is it wrong to behead people, literally crucify children, indiscriminately kill prisoners of war, all because of what they believe or don’t believe? Of course it isn’t. The time has come to stop making excuses for brutal and unbelievably bad, evil, behavior.
It’s also time for everyone to take responsibility for their actions and their words. If people put their trust in you to tell them the truth, then you must face the consequences when you lie. Whether you are a newscaster, president,senator, pastor, or any other position of great public trust. Excuses will no longer cut it, and we as citizens have a responsibility not to be led by the evening news, or Internet media, or for that matter anyone elses opinion, we must research, investigate, many different sources to determine what is the truth. We no longer have people of integrity like Walter Cronkite, Huntley Brinkley, or going back a few more years, Ernie Pyle, who no matter their personal politics reported without bias.
As someone has said, a lie can go halfway around the world before the truth ties its shoelaces.
The truth lies somewhere in between the reports of Fox news, NBC, CBS, the New York Times. It is up to us as citizens to research thoroughly, read out the bias of the reporters, and decide for ourselves what is really happening. It is also time for us as citizens to start refusing to take excuses for lies, bad behavior, political rhetoric, and general gossip from people who represent us in government and the news media. We deserve better and we must demand it. These are not white lies that we tell each other out of concern, these are cold hard facts upon which we base our votes in this Republic.
As Mark Twain once said,” Always tell the truth, then you don’t have to remember anything.” Some would do well to remember that in the future.
See you next time, the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.