Opinion

Journalistic bias: Always consider the source

a ham and cheese sandwich served with potato chips

a ham and cheese sandwich served with potato chips (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s nice to see less political discourse on Facebook.

I never thought I’d long to see what someone had for breakfast or lunch again, but I wouldn’t be honest if I said I didn’t look through my feed today hoping to see a picture of a ham and cheese sandwich on rye toast with a mound of kettle chips and a pickle next to it.

Will the media ever return to their duties of unbiased watchdog for the masses who cannot or will not acknowledge there are two sides to every story? I have my doubts, but again, I also have hope that it could come to pass again one day.

Another thing that this past political season (ahh, that feels good to type) has reminded me of is that even though we have the ability to offer our opinions in more ways than ever before, it doesn’t mean we should.

The friends, op-ed pieces, and the friends who post op-ed pieces or personal opinions are well-intentioned. I give them that.

But I am not swayed by anyone’s pandering. Nor is anyone else who summons some semblance of the ability to think critically.

I don’t recall, at least in recent memory, reading anything that caused me to behave in the manner the author suggested—at least immediately thereafter reading.

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see text (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My opinions on anything important are formed over time. I gather multiple sources, receive input from innumerable authorities on any given subject(s), and then and only then, do I formulate an opinion or go out and purchase that high definition television.

The point is, Facebook posters who berated both presidential candidates, depending on their leanings, had absolutely zero influence on me or what I thought, one way or another.

bogeymanThere are many of us who share their feelings on various subjects while on Facebook. It is your prerogative to do so. But you’ll forgive me for clicking next.

I read somewhere, too, that posters who try to influence others on Facebook and other social media to their way of thinking, are terribly unsuccessful in doing so. I think it may do just the opposite, if it does anything at all. This is just my opinion, like everything else on this blog.

For me, personally, reading the supposed deficiencies of anyone or anything, does not cause me to form an opinion at all. But if I do begin to form an opinion, it is more likely related to the poster and not the subject. I guess you can say I believe whenever someone reads something highly opinionated, and that opinion implies you’re imbecilic for thinking otherwise, the first thing I consider, like any journalist worth their salt does, is the source.

People who post studies that supposedly confirm everything they believe are as annoying as the studies themselves.

Again, people who can think critically consider the merits of any studies on a case-by-case basis. Does the author or poster have an agenda they wish to further regarding which articles they write or link to? We all have biases and what may appear on the surface as objective information can more times than not be anything but.

Now that the political season is behind us, we can all focus our energy on other things. Trying to make me believe what you do, especially about which politicians are better than others, is one of the worst time sucks mankind indulges in.

I, for one, am looking forward to reading more things about food people eat.

When it comes to reading or eating, I live to both eat and read. I don’t read and eat to live. And if either or both are tasty during the course of my indulging in them, then I consider it a good day.

May today be a continuation of our citizenry’s collective return to both eating and reading well.

Thank you in advance for NOT leaving a less than salient comment.

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