Truth in Media?

A political video may seem a little out of place on a Christian Blog, but the word truth is in the Bible 224 times. The scriptures are actually described as the word of Truth. Truth is very important to God! Truth is the foundation of our lives, if we have lies, or even twisted truths as our foundation, the ground we walk on is quite shaky and will possibly collapse.

It is truth that frees us, one that looms larger than all the lies presently surrounding us.
Lisa Bevere
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When the media gets things wrong it can wreck our day or even our life.
Have you ever done to an outdoor event, only to have it rain? It is quite irritating, especially if you checked your weather report beforehand, and they assured you that it was going to be a clear day. If this has ever happened to you, you know how a faulty news report can ruin your day!

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels

One example of media lying almost threw an election. On September 8, 2004, CBS aired an episode of 60 Minutes that featured then trusted news Journalist Dan Rather and documents that made it look like George W Bush used his political connections avoid his duty to the Texas Air National Guard. Many Republicans would have not gone to the voting booth if those documents were true. It was soon discovered that they were lies, that they were typed up on a computer in a font that did not exist when the alleged documents were printed, instead of a typewriter like they would have been if they were typed during the appropriate time period. Luckily this lie was caught in time to save the election! But if just this one lie had escaped notice, the next four years would have gone in a completely different direction.

My objective in writing this isn’t to reveal all of the news mistakes and lies, of which there have been many. I want to make people aware that the news isn’t scripture, we should be on alert when we watch or listen to news media. Even if it is your most trusted news source. Even if they were currently all honest individuals reporting, they are also human and prone to error. You or the people around you may end up paying a cost for their mistakes.

but test all things.
Hold on to what is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)