Show respect by seeking the truth

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHow fortunate is it that we live in a country where we can voice opinions of our president with no fear of repercussion. The people of North Korea, among many others, certainly don’t share that luxury. We have our military to thank for this great freedom, and today anyone can broadcast their thoughts with little effort.  Internet forums, social media, YouTube and the local opinion section are all convenient platforms to reach others. We gather our facts from various sources and media outlets and then we digest it all to develop our own picture of the truth. We create our own “perception of reality” in a sense. Trouble happens when we allow this perception to be dictated by the “facts” we digest. It’s important to remember the mainstream media doesn’t exist only to inform us, but also to entertain us. Providing entertainment is how the media sells itself to advertisers, which are ultimately only interested in eyeballs. What stories get the most viewers? The most entertaining ones, naturally. Truth is not a prerequisite to news because it’s not always interesting. “Fake news” has always existed, but it’s now more prevalent and recognizable than ever before. It has become the byproduct of a presidential election, with an unexpected, and for some, undesirable outcome. For this reason, it’s extremely important to filter all news sources, especially when the coverage concerns the presidency. Truth is always worth seeking, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office. I think any president, regardless of approval, deserves this basic form of respect.Rob SassoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img

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