Can We Trust The News ?

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Ananiah didn’t want to believe it: innocent people were dying and his country’s newspapers were claiming the bombing was only against military targets.

How could they miss what he could see with his own eyes? Right across the border from his favorite tree, right in that village, mothers and kids his age were lying in a pool of blood, hands and legs and heads severed from their bodies…

He couldn’t stop the tears, couldn’t stop his body shaking with rage. What could he do about it? Why were the newspapers lying about it? What did those people down there do to end up like that?!

Ananiah changed that day. His trust in his country evaporated. His anger at grownups began to swell into hatred. His faith in God was injured…


I created that short scene, created it out of the truth of a situation happening all over the world—lies so huge that no one should believe them.

How do we get news that tells the real story? How can we arm ourselves with the Truth?

Here are some sources that work hard to uncover the facts:

OneWorld.Net: “OneWorld aims to be the place global citizens turn to for news and views from around the world not covered in mainstream media; we are also a key hub that Americans use to find and interact with like-minded individuals and organizations from around the world.”

GlobalVoices: “Today, Global Voices is thriving, vital component of the global media environment, helping individuals and media professionals around the world gain access to the diverse voices coming from citizen media.”

Inter Press Service: “Information is an agent of change. Since its inception, back in 1964, IPS has believed in the role of information as a precondition for lifting communities out of poverty and marginalization. This belief is reflected in our historic mission: “giving a voice to the voiceless”—acting as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North.”

The Real News Network: “We won’t blindly follow wire services or official press releases that attempt to set the news agenda. We will cover the big stories of the day, but we will broaden the definition of what’s important. The Real News will investigate, report and debate stories that help us understand the critical issues of our time.”

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: “RFE/RL’s mission is to provide uncensored news and information in countries where a free press is either banned by the government or not fully established.”

Spiritual Quote  (written over 100 years ago):

“In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of divers peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 39

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11 thoughts on “Can We Trust The News ?

  1. This post is very interesting. Many media has been contaminated by the factors of political, group interest, business / marketing strategy. Need be careful observation to trust the independent news.

    Happy New Year to you and family.

  2. tikno,

    Thanks for that encouraging comment!

    I checked out your blog and will add it to my RSS Reader.

    Blessings to you for the loss of your brother…

    I love this proverb: “Parent is like your head, brother/sister is like your arm, and wife/husband is like your clothes”

  3. The media “news” is someone’s view of what is important. Each person has the option to accept what other people say is gospel or, to create their own version of “news.” Information is unlimited and continuously flowing in many directions. We each have choices to ride the positive or negative waves. We also have choices to permit our mood and outlook to be affected by what is going on outside ourselves or, not.

  4. Hamas’s use of human sheilds (a violation) and use of schools, hospitals, mosques etc as weapons dumps. the use of UN and red cressant ambulances as APC all points to folks getting hurt.
    if the kids are not in school they are on the streets. the parents don’t make them go to classes and they don’t stop them from playing sandbag for some hamas shooter.
    i worked in Gaza for 2 1/2 years. i saw how Hamas took over the city by force and fear. but again i can’tr watch the citizens of my country suck up any more rocket attacks at the hands of HAMAS…..
    and regarding hamas. the people voted for them as their government. (some were forced to vote or die) and this govt. opens a war with Israel…. who is to blame?
    we left them the farms of the settlements so they could do something with them but they lay fallow and un attended except for the tunnel rats trying to get under the israeli border so they can snatch another soldier…
    wanna see what i mean? just read my post on my page

  5. as for new coverage,
    it doesn’t take an actor to see the scripted reading by the select few that got their stories out in gaza..
    you also see how the questions were never answered directly.
    and you see CNN and SKY pandering to terroists

  6. Robert,

    I try, myself, to always consult non-mainstream news sources along with the usual culprits and then use my reason to ferret out a blog post…

    Also, can you suppply a links to your posts? I click on your name and it only got me to your Facebook page and I saw no posts…

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