How Not to be a Sheep

I wake up in the morning, pour my¬†first cup of coffee, and turn on the news. But besides sports reports and the weather reports, I can barely stomach the biased feed shoved down our throats. While we are constantly up to date on news thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, ect., it’s hard to get the full story, much less the true story.

Fake and biased news is not only annoying, but unethical. And over the 2016 presidential election, we quickly saw how biased sources became. We all know Fox News is a very conservative news source (News Years Resolution for White Guys anyone?), but we quickly saw a mass majority slam the president-elect, even after the election (and recounts) were over.

The Washington Times reported that many people, tired and fed up of the incessant drama, are shunning the news. They stated, “27 percent of the country is actively trying to avoid the news”. This includes Republicans and Democrats alike. And who can blame them? Instead of reporting facts and statistics, news sources have turned to reporting opinions.

The New York Times states that “the political press in the U.S. has an overwhelming leftward tilt, mostly on social issues, but also on economic matters”. And no wonder. In a 2013 survey, only 7.1% of reporters identified as Republican, whereas 28.1% identified as Democrat.

Among some of the worst of the worst is CNN. They were among the last news networks to call the Chicago kidnapping a hate crime. They sympathized with the attackers stating, “Although they are adults, they’re 18. Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids; they’re legally adults, but they’re young adults, and they make stupid decisions”. This was a quote by Police Commander Kevin Duffin, in a press conference covered by CNN. In my opinion, 18 is well past the age when a person should know right from wrong. They go on to say, “He said he did not believe the attack was politically motivated”. Last I check, screaming “F*** Donald Trump” and “F*** white people” is not only political motivation, but also racial as well.

The easiest way to combat biased and fake news, is to double check your sources. By doing your own research, not only can you weed out the lies, but also become more informed. Don’t be sheep in the herd. Do your research. Make your own conclusions. By doing this, you can help make America great again.

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