To be uninformed or misinformed, which will you choose?

The news media and documentary filmmaking are the basis of domestic and foreign relations for everyday Americans. The duty of the news is to provide factual information in a way that ordinary people can understand. However, certain news outlets like Fox news have rapidly become opinion based and not factually based in their reporting. News media reporting off their biases and putting out opinion pieces while presenting them as fact becomes extremely dangerous to the American public who look to them for factual reporting. This type of opinion based reporting has become commonplace. An example of this is when Fox news infamously backed and glorified Donald J. Trump’s comments on Mexican illegal immigrants. He said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best, they’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.” While we have many media outlets that run more like tabloids than new stations, we still have a few credible reporting outlets. The New York Times and the Washington Post for example, which immediately after hearing Trump’s comment went to real statistical research from credible sources like the Cato Institute, which found that in a study of “Illegal immigrants are 47 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives.” This misinformation and biased reporting were among the many widespread examples of racism, hatred, and plain lies being spread and reported on by specific media outlets. This type of misinformation and fear-mongering in the media leads to unreasonable ill will and negative stereotypes towards others outside of their community. Many Americans’ global knowledge relies solely upon the information their source of news gives them, so when opinions start to take the place of facts in the news, you live in an age where you are only left with two opinions. As Denzel Washington said, “You can either read the paper and be misinformed or don’t read and be uninformed.” You must now decide which is better because unbiased and factually accurate news is becoming harder and harder to find.

One thought on “To be uninformed or misinformed, which will you choose?

  1. Hayden S

    Personally, I would rather be uninformed than misinformed. Being uninformed means you still have the ability to learn and create your own ideas. Misinformation is dangerous because someone believes they are correct while being totally wrong and it is extremely difficult to make someone change their mind.


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