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The Truth: Thinking Critically for Yourself


I just don't understand the media world right now.  Within media sites, some stories have some objective facts, but those objective facts can take on a different meaning if you don't critically read the subjective narrative in the story.  Others have object facts and prove their point with their fact sans slant.


Here are a couple of examples I came across recently:


The NY Times writes an article declaring the President was indifferent on the assassination of a journalist in Saudi Arabia.  The assassination was apparently ordered by a Saudi Arabian prince.  Then you read the President's actual statement and in that statement, he specifically states, "The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one and one that our country does not condone."  Now, the President's statement had other elements, but obviously, he didn't approve of nor was he indifferent on the actions.  The NY Times has a fantastic reputation, but this article was just wildly off.


Another story I recently came across was printed in a number of publications.  The story reported that a whale was found dead with these items in its stomach:  flip-flops;  115 drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, four plastic bottles, and myriad other plastic items.  The article cites its sources, has pictures, and later also cites to published studies used in its story content.   


Why publish this in my blog?  Because people need to think for themselves.  They need to think about how the public education institution is working.  They need to think about what their hearts and minds say is right, not what a media site says is right.  I have never regretted thinking critically, I have regretted on many occasions not thinking critically.


Critical thinking will protect you, improve you, and just lead to better outcomes.  If you're not doing it now, it's never too late to start.


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