Media Madness

Fake News or Fact?

Where do you go to find the latest information on COVID-19 or a hurricane update?  Your choices are mainly through the internet such as HTA, Facebook, Twitter, Twrtimes, CNN, Fox, and Google, to name a few.  There appears to be about as many resources for information as Tanglewood has roads in need of repair.

Often news reporters show emotion and disdain when reporting something they personally don’t agree with even if it is ‘good news’ for others to hear.

When the media today presents “Breaking News” that can be available nearly 24/7, it is not breaking news. Although, it does give the viewer numerous variations of what actually occurred. How does one know which truth to believe?  We have to fact check for ourselves.

Our parents would never consider questioning their news anchor, Walter Cronkite.  He read the news live on TV and always signed off with ‘and that’s the way it is’, because it was true and that’s the way it actually happened. No hint of sarcasm, opinion, or disrespect was shown.

There were two times he actually became emotional on TV when reporting the news. One was in sorrow and disbelief when he had to confirm that President John F Kennedy had died. The other in celebration and excitement as he narrated while the world watched the US land a man on the moon.

That’s the way is was, way back when…the truth was the truth. 

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.