Thursday March, 29, 2018
Public needs to engage in critical thinking to understand the issues facing us.
How much of the divisiveness in our country can be directly attributed to misinformation? Thomas Jefferson stated, "A nation's best defense is an educated citizenry." With today's abundance of information from cable news, the internet, print, etc., we should be the best informed citizens in our country's history. Instead we are dealing with charges of fake news and alternative facts.
Declaring news to be fake is a serious charge. If we are to put our trust in the media, every charge of fake news should be investigated and fact-checked, and the results should be broadly publicized. Nothing is more important to democracy then a public engaging in critical thinking.
With little on the Washington legislative agenda between now and the November midterm elections, perhaps our representatives could tear themselves away from their re-election fundraising and do some serious fact-checking. They might then be able to enlighten their constituents before asking for their vote.
Misinformation leads to discord