The headlines recently have been full of the latest SHOCKING things said or done by conservative pundits and politicians. There is an entire industry for bloggers on the left to trumpet all of the insane comments from Donald Trump and others.
Bringing these things to light is important in our political process, there is no doubt about it. What concerns me though is that too many liberals and progressives think that simply sharing these stories is all they need to do to change our country.
I’m a blogger, not a real journalist – and yes, writing my opinions on current news stories puts some extra money in my bank account each month. It’s not why I got into politics, but it does serve as an extra source of income to take care of my family, especially my daughter who has chronic health issues.
The problem is that there are so many people who have made a career of not reporting or opining on the news, but simply repackaging current news stories as their own, with a huge dose of exaggeration added in. Facebook pages like Reverb Press, Addicting Info, Raw Story, Liberal America, Occupy Democrats and their new partner Winning Democrats thrive on taking local news stories and presenting them with a new and SHOCKING headline. As an example of these exaggerations and falsehoods, see the meme created above by Occupy Democrats which was rated as “Pants On Fire” by Politifact.
Obviously, a blogger in San Francisco or Miami can’t cover a story on the ground in places like my hometown. Even most news agencies do not have the budget these days to send a reporter to the scene, and rely instead on the Associated Press or Reuters to source the story. There is a need for independent media in this country, but far too often, they’re more interested in making money through sensationalized headlines, instead of simply reporting the facts.
We aren’t going to solve our country’s problems by repeating exaggerated or false stories from pseudo-news organizations. The only way to fix it is to become informed voters with critical thinking skills. If we keep believing the left-wing outrage media, then we have no right to criticize conservatives who do the same with their own information sources.