Many of us are numbed by the media wars - polarizing 24/7 assaults on the "other side." It is very hard to straighten out the facts. In a previous blog, I gave you links to various fact checking sites. In a hard-hitting opinion piece in the Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Tom Ehrich writes about this. The article title is "Your best weapon in a war of ideas is information" (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012). Some important quotes from the article:
1- "I do recognize that being informed takes effort."
2- "Dueling opinions are the heartbeat of politics. Dueling facts, however, lead mainly to shouting, bullying and mistrust."
3- [when media outlets] "simply broadcast misinformation, the work of staying informed gets more complicated."
This political season, do your part as a citizen and work at the truth. Our future depends on it.