Does anyone remember guys like David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite?  When we tuned into the news on our TV sets of the 1950s, we could be pretty sure that we were being fed the truth, because those guys had no reason to do otherwise.  Journalists were taught to check all their sources twice before reporting a story.  They included the “who, what, why, when and how.”  There was a race to get a scoop in those days, but not before all the facts were known.

With the onset of Watergate and the Viet Nam War, our nation became one of enquiring minds wanting to know.  With the advent of the internet, they wanted to know immediately.  Watergate opened the door to investigative reporting, relying on questionable sources and meeting in dark corners to get the story.  Viet Nam gave way to imbedded reporters on the battlefields and the ugliness of war became an addition to our evening meal.

Today, there are still those who look for truth.  They check their sources before turning in their stories.  They are ethical in their reporting.  However, as with anything intended for good, someone is always lurking in the background with the temptation to get the story first – no matter what the cost,

Fake news has become a commodity for those who long for the sensational.  Our love affair with seeing others in a bad light is one of the most successful tools of the devil and he wastes no time in making sure we get it.  Those of us who want the truth, have turned off the news and opted for something on the travel or history channels.  We need an escape from the daily tabloid news which has become a steady regimen for the world.

So, who do we believe?  What do we believe?  Can we believe anything?

We need to stay informed as to what’s happening in the world, but we also need to know we’re getting the truth.  Unfortunately, we’re daily being exposed to false stories without fact checking –  opinions rather than solid reporting and a media that stirs discontent and anger among the people.  Most crimes don’t even reach a courtroom before they’re judged by the media and popular opinion based on the same.  Reporting of protests with supposedly thousands of people are being manned by a dozen or so.  We’re often only getting half the story.  CNN was responsible for the way the news was reported and it continually slants their stories to say they got the scoop.

I believe in free speech.  I know a press controlled by the government would be disastrous, but isn’t what we see today, just as bad?  It comes to a point where trust is a non-existent word in our every day vocabulary.

I believe the only truth we can count on comes to us in the form of the Bible.  This is God speaking to us through men He inspired to write it down.  The fact that it has continued through the ages – in spite of various translations – proves to me that it’s truly from Him.  God doesn’t lie.  He remains consistent through His Word and actions.  The Bible supports itself throughout and it changes lives.  Because God remains the same each day, His Word is the only source of truth.

There are nuggets for every aspect of living – stories of average guys like you and me doing extraordinary things – unexpected goals being accomplished – the truth that we’re God’s children and He loves each of us unconditionally.  Want some good news?  Read the Bible.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. hatrack4 says:

    One of the nostalgic TV channels that I watch has reruns of Laugh In. They had a multitude of “Fake News” sketches. One year, they would have an interview with someone and then repeat the interview after a “not-so-friendly” editor got a hold on it. Of course, the answers were to totally different questions. (They were hilarious by the way.) They also had news editor sketches where they modify a field report. In one, Sammy David Jr. and I think Joey Bishop edit a report that an American destroyer hitting a Russian fishing trawler with 15 Russian sailors being lost at sea, 100 miles off shore, became a Russian sub hitting an American fishing boat in Boston harbor with Americans left overboard. There was another sketch where the media orchestrated the protestors, making it look like the TV news created the college protest. Funny then – real now.

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  2. Great article Kathy! Yes it would be so wonderful if reporters just reported what was fact nowadays and let it go at that.
    Yes….the Bible is the only Truth and that is such a comfort.

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  3. the neighborhood in which I grew up has two nearby streets…one name Huntly, the other named Brinkley so you know from whence time I come.
    I’ve also written about these two guys before. Cigarette smoking on air while delivering the day’s total of losses and causalties from the war…that being Vietnam.

    They were the real deal…along with Harry Reasoner, and even uncle Walter.

    But then as you say there were scrupulous shadowy figures known as deep throat and folks were racing stories in and out in order to be the first with the scoop as the first with the scoop got the ratings.

    Corners were then cut.
    It was run it now and ask forgiveness later.

    Then integrity was thrown out the window when embellishment and inflated figures
    took precedence.

    Now it’s a joke really.
    As it’s a race to smear and discredit a president of the United States.

    God’s word, the only lasting word…

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  4. Watergate marked a sad change in the way journalists approached writing. Sigh. Great post, Kathy! ❤ ❤

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