Monday, January 16, 2017

What is the big deal about fake news?

2 Thessalonians 2:2

not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
William Hearst was a great publisher.  but in the late 1800's his paper the New York Journal was failing. He needed a help getting it into up to par. He hired a reporter Fredrick Remington, shipped him off to then Spanish
When he arrived, he found a little movement for freedom, but no battle. It was, as we say, all quiet on the western front.
Now that may be good for man, but it is a horrible situation for the news media. Something had to be done. Remington telegraphed his boss with the information, and Hearst, with infinite wisdom, instructed him to draw picturing depicting horrible outrages by the Spanish against American. It worked.
So outraged were the American people, the Spanish-American war burst onto the scene.

It was, indeed, a very short war. Spain, who didn't want the conflict
 in the first place: gave up quickly.
American gained Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam.
Cuba was free. and Teddy Roosevelt rode up St Juan Hill into history.
But Thousands died. That is the part we forget.

And what did Hearst say?

We deal with a lot of fake news today, facilatated by Facebook, twitter and
other social media venues.
We used to know not to believe the Enquirer, or trash newspapers. We trusted papers such as the Herald, New York times, USA Today.
But the lines have become blurred. What is true and what is not?
Some we can guess:
Come on. We have to discover alien life before we can adopt it.

Others are not so clear. What are we we believe?

Hilter facilitated the murder of 9 million, using yellow journalism.
Think it can't happen here.
Don't fool yourself.

Ethics in Journalism seems to have become a thing of the past. 
I laugh at friends on Facebook, who read the headlines not the article and share the post because they want to believe it's true.Its not always
Don't accept as fact anything do your own research.
Don't spread rumors.
Finally, be aware of the FAKE NEWS your kids are hearing at school and from friends. Teach your own private ETHICS OF JOURNALISM class. Use history as an example
Let's reunite our country, based on God and truth.

James 1:19

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.

like your mother told you: If you do not have something nice to say, do not say anything at all.
Comments are welcome, but be nice:)
The story of San Juan Hill
William Randolph Hearst, The Man
Images: Google

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