No, this post is not going to talk about taking revenge or seeking vengeance. Instead, it is about the idea of getting free information on what is going on in the world and particularly our country today. I think the old saying “you get what you pay for” is true in many areas of life including this one.
I must admit up front that I am probably like most of the people in that I get at least part of my news from Internet sources. I used to get agitated when I clicked on a news article only to have some words to the effect that I need to sign up with a paid prescription in order to view the article. I almost always mumbled, “you gotta be kidding…”
But it finally it dawned on this dense brain of mine that someone has to pay if you want quality news information. Someone has to track down the info, get at least double verification of the facts, and then write the article in concise and understandable words and then someone else needs to check it for all the above. It takes people of talent to do that and they need to be paid what they are worth. In the past, the video versions of news sources were paid by the advertisers of the programs selling their products but that paradigm seems to be losing its effectiveness rather quickly now. How do we get reliable sources for our information? That is the question at hand.
One way is to pay for the service directly through subscription. I recently joined millions of others in this post-truth era who subscribe to the New York Times. Why the Times? Because they have the most talented writers around. They stick to tried and true methods of obtaining the latest news.
With the abundance of fake news now proliferating the Internet, we need someone we can trust to give us the real facts. “You get what you pay for” almost seems to be archaic in today’s world but maybe it is actually truer than ever.
Next time you read a news article or see it on a cable news channel, stop and think if this is really true or even pertinent? If you doubt it in any way look for another source of verification. Especially it that news channel happens to be FOX news or MSNBC and most particularly when it comes out of the Oval Office…