Believing the Best

I like to believe the best about people.  When I see some winsome character on television telling me that this or that is true, I want to believe them.  Then, a few minutes later, an equally winsome character on another channel tells me that the truth is exactly opposite from what I heard from the […]

In the Eyes of the Beholder

It is interesting to note how we see things so differently.  Our world view has a profound effect upon how we interpret events, even to the point of describing an object black on some occasions and other times seeing it as white. The recent controversy over the sexual assault charges against Joe Biden is a […]

Viewpoint

  A few days ago I had a brief political discussion with a casual friend.  We stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum, so we usually avoid any exchange of opinions on that subject.  On this occasion, however, I sought her reaction to the Democrat debate that had occurred the previous evening. It was […]

Point of View

Some weeks ago a friend sent me an e-mail in which there were several illustrations of how public opinion can be manipulated.  Depending on a camera angle, a news story can be altered to fit the journalist’s own point of view.  A crowd can be made to look much larger than it really is.  An […]

The Blind Side

I am writing about the blind side.  No, I am not referring to the American game of football and the sad truth that quarterbacks do not have eyes in the back of their head. Instead, I refer to the political and social biases that make it so hard for us to see and understand the […]

Fake News

President Trump often rails against what he calls “fake news.”  Is he correct?  Are most commercial television news broadcasts and major newspapers filled with falsehoods and half-truths?  On occasion, Trump has gone so far as to charge that the purveyors of fake news are “enemies of the people.”  Such statements by the President infuriate television […]