The term “fake news” has been thrown around a lot lately. And while many news networks do a fine job of reporting the facts, things start getting messy when these news media outlets also start speculating and expressing opinions as if they were fact.
In this time where facts and opinions are so clouded together, it is important for us as parents to be wise about the way we absorb political news. And we must also make sure our kids are equally equipped to sort out the truth from the fiction.
Get a Better Perspective on the News Media
When we see multitudes of political talking heads fervently defending the left or the right side of politics, we should challenge ourselves and our kids with a few things.
- First, what is the political bent of the network we’re watching?
- Second, do we realize that these political pundits—on both sides—are trained in the art and science of debate?
- Third, do our kids realize you can win a debate but be totally wrong?
- Fourth, I would dare say that most of these talking heads, if submitted to a polygraph test, would be shown to be less interested in the good of our nation and more invested in the advancement of their personal careers.
These media organizations make their living by keeping the pot stirred. Ratings are more important than resolution. Keep your kids aware of this.
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