As more and more of the information we get about Politics, Economics, Law, and Health Issues comes from Television, and not the printed word, a New Awareness must be recognized. That is the Realization that News and Information on the screen is now Entertainment First, with Public Service a Distant Second.
I cover how this Affects; Current Events, Politics, Education, Science and General Knowledge in other Categories and Pages on this Website, and won't duplicate those efforts here.
The Purpose of this Article, is to point out some Common Assumptions, Irregularities, Misconceptions and Red Flags that will often indicate the Dubious Nature of Whatever Information is being Broadcast, regardless of the Subject Matter.
1) WATCH OUT FOR QUALIFYING WORDS AND PHRASES.
This is a Common Tactic by those who want you to think that they are; "EXPERTS", "WELL- READ", "IN THE KNOW", or part of the INNER CIRCLE that is in touch with the MOVERS and SHAKERS.
It is also the Bread and Butter of PSYCHICS AND FORTUNE TELLERS.
Listen carefully, when you hear examples like the Following:
- "IT COULD BE A...."
- "MAYBE IT'S..."
- "SOMETIMES WE MUST..."
"SOMETIMES WE SHOULD..."
- "WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO..."
- "A REAL POSSIBILITY THAT..."
- "THEY MIGHT BE WILLING..."
- "IT MIGHT END UP..."
I could go on and on. Whenever Such Words or Phrases are used, it is an attempt to avoid the possibility of being HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR INCORRECT/INACCURATE INFORMATION, OR PROVIDES A WAY OUT FOR AN OPINION OR PREDICTION THAT FAILS TO COME TRUE.
These WORDS OR TERMS offer no real MEASURING STICK INDICATING PROBABILITY...
See PT 2.