Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Beware of ‘those who claim to be better informed’

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Thanks to Glen Faison for bringing up the topic of “it’s about spin” in the Sunday, Jan. 27, column “Beware of perceptions as you seek ‘news.’ ” At the opening of the column he uses the example of Fox News Latino. Why use Fox? He did not need to go further than his own paper.

More often than not, the headline in the Daily Republic is used to frame the conversation to a particular view; then somewhere in the last paragraphs (not the second paragraph as with the Fox reference) the facts are revealed. Now to be fair, most of the articles that I would reference would be AP articles. I trust that they are read over before printing. Also, none of the articles I would reference would be from the opinion page. Those are not articles, but opinion with generally limited relevance to fact.

Just last week there was a series of articles by The Associated Press, “AP IMPACT: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs.” Really? I mistakenly thought the recession was caused by the better informed in Washington, D.C. I was unaware that suddenly, in 2009, the flush toilet replacing the chamber pot and the iPad replacing the PC caused the middle-class job loss. The headline is designed (spun) to tell us what to think before and/or without reading the article. The entire series was not news, but opinion. But it was on the front page as news.

Of course this is nothing new. Editors of papers have always been biased and for that reason cannot be trusted with the facts, the truth or anything else that they lay claim to. Each of us should be wary of those who claim to be better informed, claim that the problems and solutions are too complicated for us, and claim that they have the answers that we need but are not smart enough to know; for that is the lie. It is up to each of us to question those voices.

Dale Erving

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