The Challenge of Tackling Censorship Is Correctly Correcting Disinformation | Notice
TThe Bloomberg Opinion article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph June 10 was informative and provided an alternative perspective on how to deal with disinformation. The author said: âDisinformation is dangerousâ¦ It is much better to provide additional information than to censor the information.
Faye Flam’s words ring true, misinformation is dangerous. The problem is providing the additional data to correct the misinformation. Realize that the political division is so great in this country that our politicians do not have the capacity to negotiate because they cannot agree on the truth versus the lie in many cases. Politicians reflect their constituents’ mistrust of opposing political parties.
A good friend said Joe Biden tells one lie after another, changing his position every week. I searched for his claim on Google and found a myriad of articles about the disinformation (and outright lies) that Biden gave during his first 100 days in office. Although I have consulted numerous fact-checking sources, one said President Biden made “78 false or misleading statements” during his first 100 days in office. By comparison, former President Trump made 511 false or misleading statements in his first 100 days, according to fact-checkers.
Do you believe this source? It seems plausible for a reason. Donald Trump was an obsessive tweeter. President Biden is not.
Understand that 24 hour news channels provide information with a touch. MSNBC and CNN lean heavily to the left. FOX and OANN lean sharply to the right. People listen to the news they want to hear if you understand what I mean. Please me these two examples.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo conducted a controversial interview with Republican Rick Santorum. Cuomo disagreed with Santorum’s take on a speech he gave. Santorum clarified his point and said social media and Democrats misinterpreted his post. Cuomo told Santorum he knew what he meant and indicated that Santorum had a racist point of view. Santorum stuck to his clarification and conservative point of view and argued that he was not a racist. I understood what Santorum meant, but Cuomo continued to stereotype Santorum, confusing his views with Trump’s conservatives.
I later read that CNN had stopped using Santorum as a contributor. Rick Santorum offered a valued conservative point of view and CNN wrongly fired him for voicing it. CNN needs more people like Rick Santorum who are willing to discuss and clarify their beliefs with opposing ideologies.
In contrast, Fox News is often sued for distorting the truth in its late-night programming. Fox News attorneys contend that their late-night news programs (Hannity and Carlson) are for entertainment purposes only and should not be considered serious news. Except their supporters believe all the entertaining misrepresentations they endorse. Or when the argument is useful in court, Fox’s lawyers assert First Amendment rights to have the press protect them from liability for questionable “misrepresentation” (like the “Big Lie” and malfunctioning voting machines. ). What is Fox – news or entertainment?
My belief is that 24 hour news should be banned, but that would contradict Ms Flam’s claim. Do not censor, provide more information. How? ‘Or’ What? Are we not already divided into our own tribes and only listening to the distorted news we want to hear?
Discussion by Faye Flam on false claims related to COVID, medical treatments and the pandemic. She was right, and her comments about misrepresentation can apply to most policies. Is it safe to say that Faye Flam did a good job discussing flimflam?
Don V. Hylton,