Getting information a difficult endeavor

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Perhaps you may have heard about a tragedy that occurred in Texas last week.

Of course, I’m talking about Hurricane Harvey, the effects of which still are being felt, something that will continue for quite some time.

There also was information about a shooting at a library in a town where I used to live, one that left two librarians dead and four people injured.

Then, of course, it seems that the fix was in regarding Hillary Clinton’ email problem, in that the former FBI Director James Comey had planned to exonerate the former Secretary of State before the investigation was finished.

Lots of different places seemed to forget that these fairly large events were playing out on the national stage. Instead, there was minutiae to report about.

Shoes.

Yes, the national media, and of course the social justice/anti-Trump warriors of freedom, light and puppies (kitties, too, since I don’t want to be racist) railed for days about the type of shoes First Lady Melania Trump wore when the president toured Texas following Harvey.

Seems that stiletto heels were not the fashionable choice for devastation. Yet, as it came out later, she only wore those shoes to get to the vehicle that transported the Trumps to Texas. She wore sneakers when she got here.

Joel Osteen, a preacher in Houston with a megachurch and a huge following, was being chastised for not opening his huge church to house displaced Houston residents, and his Christianity and charity was called to account. Numerous stories and posts said he was pretty much the devil.

Turns out there were structural concerns about the building, which did take on water, and once those were answered, the doors were opened.

You know what else made news around the world? A firing.

A close friend of mine, a publisher, had hired a gentleman to become an editor. He failed to show up, failed to notify the publisher of his issues (he claimed to be trapped by the hurricane in Houston, because he chose — without notification — to cover hurricane stories freelance), so the offer of employment was rescinded.

What you heard about, though, was the poor, poor jobless man was unfairly sacked because he chose to cover a hurricane’s devastation and its impact on the poor and downtrodden.

In its zeal to vilify and make moot anything from the past that is either conservative or an old-fashioned way of thinking, numerous news agencies, and especially the aforementioned warriors on any version of social media you care to name, insignificant details are blown out of proportion, and stories are modified to fit a specific narrative.

My publisher friend coined the proper term for them: keyboard activists.

Too many times, this kind of rumor-mongering affects all of us, and takes on a life of its own, and doesn’t stop even when the truth contradicts it. It becomes the truth, and the damage takes years to negate.

The only way to be sure that the truth is the truth is for you to cull information from numerous sources, and then make an educated decision about what to believe.

And, of course, trust that the Meteor will skip the proselytizing in print, and instead give you what you deserve — the truth — about what matters to you — Madisonville and Madison County.

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