It’s interesting that everyone seems to be unhappy with the “mainstream media”. Those “on the left” tend to feel that the pursuit of “unbiased” reporting is lending credibility to candidates and stories that simply aren’t credible. Meanwhile, those “on the right” tend to believe that the pursuit of “the facts” is at best a distraction from what they care about, and at worst an elaborate scheme to cover up elitist conspiracies.
Is it possible for the media to address these concerns without going out of business or fragmenting into the “echo chambers” we are now seeing of special-interest news feeds that are not helping anyone to understand each other better?
- Can journalists acknowledge that everyone is biased, and therefore that pretending to be truly unbiased is inauthentic?
- Can scientists acknowledge that all facts are human creations, and as such are inherently prone to some uncertainty?
- Can religious leaders acknowledge that all scripture requires human interpretation, and as such is also inherently prone to some uncertainty?
- Can laypeople acknowledge that some important truths are difficult or impossible to understand without years of training and effort?
- Can politicians acknowledge that they, like all people, have made devastating mistakes?
In short, how do we present the news of the day authentically, humbly, and realistically? (How would Jesus, or the Buddha, report the news?)