Don't trust mainstream media
As someone who has spend time as a journalist under the banner of the biggest news company in Australia, you need to understand that you can't put your trust in the mainstream media. This is not a rant, this is not a conspiracy theory, this is a blog about facts why you need to be careful about what you listen to, watch and read, because it can be very damaging to society.
Many people sit down at night and watch the news shows they enjoy, or relax with a coffee in the morning with their paper or digital subscription. I understand that we want to know what's going on in the world, but it's hard to cut through the truth of events
when trusting everything you hear after looking at only one news source, and most likely one where bias exists.
One of the first rules of being a journalist is "report on the facts, no bias, no opinions", this means getting the story for multiple sides from being involved and only reporting the facts, however... this isn't really possible.
There's always an editor or sub-editor or manager or advertiser or big boss that prevents media from being truly unbiased. Editors always want an angle, and people will always suggest the thing that will either bring clicks and is popular, or what is their belief deep down. Sometime you just can't write something because it might upset someone who advertises with the publication.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't watch the news or read your paper, I'm saying that you can't trust what you read, hear or see from ANY single source. People SHOULD have the responsibility of being informed properly, this means if you see something that grabs your attention, you should then read more from alternate sources and do some research. This isn't just for you, but for everyone else. If you hear something on the news, then think it's 100% right, then you spread that opinion around, you could be spreading misinformation. If we want to spread information, we have the responsibility to make sure what we're saying isn't just some crazy opinion that's factually wrong from someone wanting to spread their way of thinking.
If we want a better world, we need to be better informed and you can't do that with news companies that are mostly owned by one huge billionaire. Look online, talk to people who have experience in things, look at research papers or find original sources for subjects. We all want to spread knowledge, but we need to make sure what we're spreading isn't some sort of misinformation virus.
Also, feel free to research anything you question in my blog, I'm not mainstream, but it's better to find out information from multiple sources to find what's right and what's wrong.