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Nothing But the Facts

News stories are “instantly” news due to the vastness of the internet.  There is no delay when some event of notoriety happens anywhere around the world.  Not only are we made aware of the event, we can see in real time what has happened and the aftermath that is newsworthy.

One would think that with that much coverage news events would only need to be told on one outlet. After all, the facts are facts.  So, why do we have so many news outlets, news anchors and reporters, news camera personnel, and disagreement over what really happened?   How many variables can there really be in presenting a bombing, shooting, terrorist attack, Congressional debate, or crime that was committee. You and I know the perspective of any event varies based on the viewpoint of the reporter and the news organization that they represent. 

In a world where truth is not absolute, viewpoints from a network’s all-star staff, the fact that “the crew is on the ground bringing the story live”, surely the thread of the story, the events leading up to it, the actual event, and the response following would be the same.  Right?  You know better.  Here is one great example that was written “tongue-in-cheek” …….

A man was walking through the zoo when he saw a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabbed her by the cuff of her jacket and tried to pull her inside and devour her right in front of her screaming parents. The man ran to the cage and hit the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumped back and let go of the girl, while the man returned her to her terrified parents.

A reporter saw the whole scene and said to the rescuer: “Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.”

“Why, it was nothing,” said the man. “Really, the lion was behind bars, and I just acted as I felt was right.”

“I noticed a Bible in your pocket, are you a Republican,” asked the journalist.

“Yes, and I’m a Christian on my way to a Bible study,” the man replied.

“Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist and tomorrow’s paper will have this on the front page.”

The following morning the man bought the paper to see if it indeed brought news of his actions and read, on the first page: “Right Wing Republican Christian Fundamentalist Assaults African Immigrant and Steals His Lunch.” 
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Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Exodus 20:16You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.