Everyone likes to be told the truth in the news, but many times, something is left out that makes a story lose its truth.
There was a doctor that treated Ebola patients in a foreign country and had contracted the disease. He realized he had the symptoms and checked himself into a hospital before he was even contagious . News reporters saw this as an opportunity to get views, and started to cover the topic. In order to get views , they left out an important detail: he wasn’t contagious. It made it seem like if you were near him before he checked himself out into the hospital, you might have contracted Ebola as well.
This story is an example of how the news can use public fears to get viewers. If we are going to read or listen to the news, we should always be mindful that it might not be telling the whole truth.
Another thing news reporters might use to get more views is called clickbait. Clickbait, as the Merriam
Webster dictionary describes it is, “something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest.” If a headline seems very vague or impossible, chances are it is clickbait. You can avoid clickbait by simply just not clicking on it, even though you might not know if it is clickbait or not. It you don’t know if it’s from a reliable source, then it would be better to be safe and not click on it. If you are aware of what you are clicking on, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about clickbait.
We at The Logic want to make it a point to find and make the truth known in the articles we write. In Ephesians 4:25 it says, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” This verse tells that we shouldn’t be telling lies to others, but instead be speaking the truth with each other, and we want to make our articles truthful as well.