This I Believe

David - Charlotte, North Carolina
Entered on September 25, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: question
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In the media, we absorb all sorts of information with a blank stare. We take it in without questioning the source that it came from. By examining the news sources, we realize that several of them are very biased. How can we trust the news that gets reported if it is edited to promote one side? In the modern world we live in, we cannot let this go on.

I believe that we should question the media. All news should be real news. It should be the plain truth. No biases, no plays on words, no stereotyping. A story should be a story, with the whole truth all the time. Every one of you is probably agreeing whole heartedly with me. But, how many of you actually put it into action?

I was sitting on the couch, flipping through channels, when I passed two news stations. I noticed that they were both playing the same news story. I know this happens a lot, but this time it was different. When I took a closer look, I realized that each of the two stations showed two different versions of the same story. Now I was confused. Why would two news stations, obviously there to impartially report the news, have two different stories on the same exact event. So, I decided to do my own investigation. To my surprise, neither channel had told the whole story. I had the truth, a three page story on an event that took twenty seconds to report on the stations.

Ever since, I’ve been doing my own research. Whether it is on current events or just topics that I find interesting, independent research makes you satisfied that you’ve done your own study. Also, it helps you form your own unbiased opinions on events relevant to you and your country. So, the next time you’re pummeled with information, and you don’t know what to believe, remember that by questioning the media, you are finding your own truth, you’ll never be left in the dark, and you’ll always be able to form your own opinions.