In his letter to the editor on July 3 titled, “Hold politicians, media accountable,” Mr. Lovell called for a public information law requiring any media source or public official to be held criminally libel for making inaccurate statements not supported by facts. (For anyone who gets their political news predominantly from round-the-clock TV, talk radio, Facebook, Twitter, etc., I find that idea laughable.)
General news reports are reasonably accurate. Those dealing with political news seem to be skewed one way or another. Although it will never happen, perhaps at the very least, those programs/posts, dealing with political “news and views” should be proceeded by a statement such as, “The following program/post contains opinions which may not be supported by verifiable facts.”
Maybe we should “make America great again” and return to a time when national and local news reports were presented only on TV in a 30-minute time frame, without opinions, first thing in the morning, 6:30 in the evening, and 11 at night.
I quote Sgt. Joe Friday of the old Dragnet TV show, “Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.” Until listeners/readers learn to differentiate between facts, opinions, and “alternative facts,” our view of the news, specifically political news, is doomed to be formulated by the opinions of others.
How sad that we are losing the ability to form our own opinions based solely on hard, verifiable facts.