This is a follow up on the January article: “Education in a time of post-truth, truthiness, alternative truth… whatever you call it.”
Last month’s article was written a couple days into the Trump administration and the seemingly absence of truth from the president and his confidants. After a month, this continues to be the case. Notably, Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the president credited with “alternative truth” and “Bowling Green Massacre,” was banned from the MSMBC’s Morning Joe as she continues to lie, or provide alternative truths” on national TV.
In this age of confusion, how do we set the truth apart from a lie? In addition, is there a way to observed the status quo with an objective point of view?
Whereas popular news organizations, such as MSMBC, Washington Post, or Fox News, either lean towards liberal or conservative readers, thus their coverage lean towards either side of the political spectrum, here are a couple websites that tend to be less biased.
A project of the Anneberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Factcheck.org describes itself to be a nonpartisan website that works to lessen the effects of deception and confusion in American politics. Its efforts have resulted in several awards, one of which being the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for their fact checking on various claims made about federal health care.
Despite some criticisms from both sides of the aisle, PolitiFact has devoted an almost equal amount of time and effort reviewing and analyzing Republics as they have Democrats. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize of National Reporting in 2009 for “separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters” in the 2008 US Presidential election.
In addition, Washington Post fact checker and its chief “fact-checker,” Glenn Kessler, delivers accurate analyzes the truthfulness of statements made by politicians, including the President, most of the time.
Lessons on finding accurate sources have often become mundane but have never been as important as it is today. There cannot be a definitive answer to which source can always be trusted. Whereas the White House and other government websites may not be the best place to research for statistics on narcotics trade or illegal immigrants, it would be a great source to correctly identify the direction of the Trump administration and its policies and understand the perspective of the president. Likewise, no news organization, research facility, or think tank offer accurate information all the time. Thus, it is all about how YOU evaluate the information out there as the responsibility to correctly identify facts from anything else is greater than ever.
Chris is a sophomore at Korea International School originally from a small suburban city near Chicago, IL. Few of his many passions include buttermilk pancake, deep-fried Oreo, Chicago deep dish pizza, and LSSC. He is an enthusiastic writer, LD debater, MUNer, and a musician.