In the light of recent reporting on Russia, this article from The Knife is very interesting to see just how biased much of the media’s reporting is.
The coverage of Russia was more distorted than that of China. AP’s article on Xi received a total 51 percent integrity rating, compared to 23 percent for its Russia article. Deutsche Welle earned integrity ratings of 48 and 41 percent, respectively. Why did the Russia stories rate lower? That’s due, in part, to the added opinion.
For instance, the outlet referred to Russia as a “basket case” in its headline. Before you take in the rest of the article, your perception may be already tainted by sensationalism. Here’s another example from AP that contains opinion. […]
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I notest a great tweet by James White today.
I see tomorrow is “Zero Discrimination Day.” Too bad no one learns Latin anymore. discriminare simply means “to make distinctions.”
— James White (@DrOakley1689) February 28, 2017
Words so easily become weaponised against thought. The Orwellian “Newspeak” that we a constantly being bombarded with today has become a tool to stop discussion and free thought.
I was told a little while ago, that I must not judge anyone. Well, there is a sense in which that is true. The final judgement is for God and him alone. But that was not what he meant.
What he was telling not to do was to way someone’s words and to see if what they were saying was true or not. If we do not do this how can we, try the spirits?
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
Do not be bullied into not discriminating. At times discrimination is a very good thing. If you are offered some dodgy business or some gone off seafood, be discriminating. You should do the same in all areas of your life.
Environment protesters, not so concerned about the environment!
In North Dakota, at the main protest camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a massive cleanup effort has been underway. Semi trucks have been hauling debris out of the camp and people here are piling garbage into bags.”It looks like a trash pile. But it’s getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together,” Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says as she sorts through abandoned goods.
The protestors have been all but living in a rubbish dump.
The local Army Corps wants protesters out so it can clean up its land before the river thaws and floods the camp. There is sum serious risk that much of the rubbish could end up being washed down river.
Call be stupid, but aren’t environmentalist supposed to be protecting the environment?
The other-day I was listening to a podcast that quoted Michael Ellner.
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down.
- Doctors destroy health
- Lawyers destroy justice
- Psychiatrists destroy minds
- Scientists destroy truth
- Major media destroys information
- Religions destroy spirituality
- And governments destroy freedom.”
We could probably add to that that, ‘Pastors destroy churches’, or maybe Shepherds are scattering, or betraying the flock.
Yes, these are all very much generalisations, and there are always great exemptions to each of these statements, but we all recognise that there is a good degree of truth in this quote too.