Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What is fake news?)

If you think about it carefully, everything we have learned is from news that we have encountered. Most times we assumed that it was true, but what if it wasn’t? What if “most” of what you have heard (and learned) wasn’t true at all? How would you know? What would you do? Most of your life you were taught that milk is good for you. Then all of a sudden you hear that it is not. Cholesterol was supposed to be bad for you, but now they are saying that not “all” cholesterol is bad. Cars need to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, but is that really true? Fake news is usually what other folk “want” you to hear. They want to influence you to act and to think a certain way. Remember the ebola virus? There was talk about there being “no” cure for it at that time. It killed about 6,000 people in Africa and everyone was afraid that it would reach here in the United States. Well, it finally “did” reach here, and right after the carrier died we “amazingly” found a cure for it. If we had the cure all along, then why couldn’t it have been used to help save the 6,000 who died in Africa?  Now there is talk about how fake news has been used to influence elections, dictate legislation and control behavior. Do you think you might have been a victim to fake news? We will never know until we “go beyond” the surface of what we hear and do “our own extensive research.” You can’t really control what you see and what you hear. If you don’t have the time to verify what you have heard then do you just automatically assume that it is true? We rely “heavily” on media such as television, radio, Facebook and others for our information, but can we guarantee everything that is being put out on these social medias? I have heard and seen so many different things on the President, his revolving door cabinet, his infidelities and his involvement with Russia. However, until it is “confirmed” how do I know if any of it is true? Could it all be fake news? “Sure it can.” Of course, that doesn’t necessarily meant that it is. If you should never judge a book by it’s cover then you should never judge a story by it’s cover article. Be willing to go to “several sources” if necessary to make your story complete, not just one. Be skeptical whenever something just doesn’t feel right. Others may be fooled, but you don’t  have to be. Fake news is out there, and what you hear may not be what is reliable. Be wise, and be skeptical. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Michael Jackson

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