My guess is that if you don’t get your news from a broad variety of sources, you’ve likely received some unfamiliar information from me.
But is it the truth? Wouldn’t it be nice to find a true news source, a media outlet that simply reported the unbiased truth about each day’s events?
Yes, that would be nice.
It would also be nice if Santa Claus were real. The problem is, every news source has biases — this is a focus of a whole chapter in my book. There is no one single source that can be trusted on everything. Even if I could write emails like this on a daily basis, getting only my perspective wouldn’t be ideal either.
And there isn’t only bias to consider. As I mentioned at the top, there is now censorship too, that demon of every repressive government and power structure.
We have pundits on CNN openly advocating censorship of independent media. We have Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez, for whom I had so much respect as recently as a year ago, directing supporters to censor friends on social media. Would you like to live in a world where an email like this one is deleted by Google prior to arriving in your inbox? If we listen to corporate media today, it’s closer than you think. As in that CNN clip, it will be discussed in corporate media as a way to “protect people” from “violent extremism,” and just like that our ability to communicate freely will be gone. That’s the trend, a return to the Dark Ages where only anointed clerics of business and high priests of government can speak on matters of “science.” The crucial drive of the Enlightenment was leaving the Dark Ages behind by taking science and the search for truth out of the hands of the powerful; we should never tolerate regression on this.(more…)