“I am not a crook”

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the U...

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Famous words of President Richard Nixon in a speech to the nation before he resigned under the threat of impeachment. If the media then were like the media now, they would have accepted his words and stopped pursing the truth of Watergate, just shrugging their shoulders and saying that there was a difference of opinion. Nixon would have remained in office until the end of his term in January, 1977, and Gerald Ford would have remained Vice President.

If someone in a crowded theater yells “Fire” and people are injured or trampled to death while fleeing and there is no fire, the one person yelling “Fire” was just expressing a difference of opinion and/or was mistaken. The media have a responsibility to determine and report the truth, even though Chuck Todd contends that as a reporter, it is not his job. Reporting what different sides say is much easier than trying to determine the facts and the truth. In climate change, if 999 scientists say that climate change is real and likely caused, in part, by man, and one scientist disagrees, current media are likely to report both sides and say that there is disagreement. We, the voting public, are not well served by today’s media

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Truth

Truth will set you free!

Truth will set you free! (Photo credit: savebradley)

Truth is hard to accept if  it conflicts with what you want to believe. If everyone believes a falsehood, does that make it true? No, it does not. Some subjects are so complicated that experts disagree. Then you must accept the opinions of one set of experts over the opinions of another set. It is easy to raise doubts with slanted questions, but it is hard to research an answer, and that answer may be rejected because the poser of the question does not like the answer.

I try to keep an open mind and I change my mind from time to time based on new information. Does that make me a flip-flopper? I hope not. I am not seeking to win an election or a popularity contest. I am trying to bring the best information to light since my son, age 30, must live his life in the America we are constructing. I have had a good life, and I am sad to see America becoming a place that treats so many so poorly.