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Do you generally trust the accuracy of the news that you read?

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(24) Eric, January 15, 2019 11:55 AM

Depends on the news and the newspaper

(23) David Bromberg, January 10, 2019 2:10 PM

no

it is all 90% truth ie 100% lies

(22) Andrew Stiller, January 10, 2019 1:31 PM

Multiple Sources

If a major story comes to my attention, I never rely solely on a single source (as many of them are bias). I always follow the story through multiple sources, and even that is no guarantee of accuracy.

(21) Nancy, January 10, 2019 1:06 PM

It depends on which source you are referencing

IMO a lot of so called "news" has morphed into nothing more than infotainment. Remember, networks and cable stations live and die by the ratings. An online source also needs to be concerned with eyeballs reached. Sometimes (though not always) I will read a news story on Facebook which has turned out to be inaccurate.

(20) Anonymous, January 10, 2019 11:42 AM

I think those of us who choose to subscribe to Aish.com daily are discerning readers and therefore apply that quality to what is “in the news”.

(19) Miriam, January 10, 2019 2:00 AM

No

No

(18) Anonymous, January 10, 2019 12:04 AM

trusting news I read

It depends on who wrote it, and/or the subject content! Sometimes I do; other times, no!

(17) Mordecai, January 9, 2019 7:08 PM

Do I believe the news I read? That is determined by the source. A bit of skepticism can’t hurt.

(16) menachem, January 9, 2019 4:28 PM

news

nope. it's controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations. an organization set up by David Rockefeller and is headed now by Henry Kissinger. he's the one that wouldn't help Israel in the '73 war under Nixon unless Golda Meir agreed to certain terms relative to Israeli gov't changes especially getting Yitzchak Rabin set up to Prime Minister.

(15) Anonymous, January 9, 2019 3:13 PM

The truth is relative

Generally speaking, by nature we can't trust the news hundred percent, political idealogy, the complexity of facts, human nature, prevent accuracy reported. For example, the difference between FOX News and CNN, one is more conservative than the other and news are emitted on different dimensions. when it comes to Israel is even worse, for example, BDS movement, who doesn't have a clue about the historical conflict, has a different approach when dealing with news accuracy.

(14) Shoshanna USA, January 9, 2019 2:21 PM

News

It depends on the newspaper, site, and the source of the reporting. In addition, it matters to me what country the newspaper was published in and what language it is written. If I'm traveling abroad and I can't get a newspaper written in a language that I'm fluent, I'm leary. Abroad, the BBC is a good source of reporting. As an after thought, there are some countries that do not have freedom of the press and others that pretend that Israel does not exist.

(13) Tony, January 9, 2019 1:23 PM

News regarding Israel is generally

Biased at best and blatant racial hatred against Israelis at worst. It makes me mad sometimes, but what do you expect after millennia of unbridled hatred against Jews. I'm not interested in most of the reports as I know they are a disgrace.

Rivkah, January 9, 2019 3:28 PM

Agreed

Both sides of any given story are never told!! Whether it be about Israel or immigration or ANYTHING!!! The major networks are CLEARLY biased.If people were given a balanced account, our country would (hopefully) return to a little common sense.

(12) Jaya, January 9, 2019 11:22 AM

Believe ?

Unfortunately yes ! Generally , for want of discerning capacity , difficulty believing people lie and because of a tendency to deny evil .

(11) Shlomo, January 8, 2019 7:38 PM

Not So Much

BS"D

I've been at a few dozen happenings that have been reported by the news. The news reports have always differed significantly from my experience. I only take the broadest outlines of an article as been factual.

(10) Anonymous, January 8, 2019 6:54 PM

The news is a propaganda medium for politics, business and governance. It keeps people busy and gives an image of so many things to do. It tries to put on to the viewers that it is their issue too. In turn the viewers, listeners get worried. They start to talk about this to others as a way of reducing the anxiety and it is passed on. The news will make the system look as if it is working. There swimming not need for criticism, protests and lobbying for sample opposition views are taken into account. The news is just new things and still can teach the viewer or listener much about what they should be aware of even if it is not relevant because it all comes in use in the course of a social life.

(9) Mauricio, January 8, 2019 6:52 PM

Of course no

I do not trust in accurancy of all the news I read, specially because are written by humans, and humans commit mistakes (perception, personal desires, understanding, point of view, respond to particular interest, ethic or non-ethic, morality, etc). What I trust is what Jeremiah said: "Baruch hagever asher yivtach baHashem and whose mivtach Hashem is". Also Mishlei said that the fools believes in all the things. Of course, the best way is to read, study, and compares different oppinions to have a better point of view about something.

(8) Nechama, January 8, 2019 6:24 PM

ABSOLUTELY NOT

I know personally about three blatant lies that were recorded in an Israeli newspaper and on Y Net. These lies involved people or issues that I was closely familiar with. In two of the cases, innocent people were defamed and in another,Jewish Law was besmirched.
When observing the above I asked myself how many other items of fake news I has been exposed to?
Never believe what they write!

(7) Yehudit, January 8, 2019 5:13 PM

Israel

Believe it or not, Israel newspapers (Arutz Sheva is especially accurate) have sections called "World" (rather than News), which refers to other countries in the world, not Israel. I have found that they are much more accurate about the United States news than what I read in the US papers! No, I do not feel that the US papers are totally accurate.

(6) Yisroel, January 8, 2019 3:26 PM

Sadly the mainstream media has lost its relevance

The media was totally acquiescent in the last administration, igniting lies of consequence to millions (for instance Benghazi; or “If you want your plan you can keep your plan!” Or, you will save $2,500 per family). Now that a republican is in office, they report the most idiotic issues time and again, never letting up on the negative and ignoring the positive. There is no conclusion other than the “news” has become a non-stop expression of political preference.

(5) Meyer, January 8, 2019 3:00 PM

Not Anymore

It has been sometime now since I have believed any News story, Internet post or most of what is "declared" in many of the online Social Networking sites. In an effort to "boost" membership these News sources have failed to check accuracy or sources. They have to get the "story" out there first so checking up on the story is at best secondary. SAD

(4) Anonymous, January 8, 2019 2:41 PM

News

I do not trust news agencies that support political agendas such as Fox News and its original format. I do trust news agencies that actually investigate prior to airtime or publication, such as NPR. I do not trust anyone who supports an agenda and uses the news to make it sound legitimate, and I fear too many people rely on new services that promote their own agenda without truly investigating.

Gershom, January 8, 2019 3:25 PM

The Caveat Emptor .....

Anonymous - I'm not sure if you have read - or are aware that - NPR (National Public Radio) - among many media outlets - and other groups - is commonly known - as a Not Pro Right - but an almost Ultra PRO-LEFT organization.

On many media checking Venues - including Fox News - who BTW - also do their conservative homework. As well as - often on/in Jewish Media Organizations - who've done their homework. They have OFT been refuted - and called out for - biased - and or - out and out - almost totally false reporting - by NPR.

The Caveat Emptor - (buyer beware)- here - is replaced with - Listener - reader beware!
More importantly - one has a MORAL OBLIGATION - to - VALIDATE - VALIDATE - the information you are receiving.
Before - making a decision - about what you've learned.

As when it comes to believing - which news sources are correct.
It often boils down to :-) - to those who believe - NO explanation (validation) - is necessary.
To those who don't believe :-( - NO explanation -(validation) will do!

Either way - it also often comes down to: Don't confuse me with the facts. I've already got my mind made up.

Asking G-D - to help us differentiate - and understand correctly - what we've learned - **is essential to - our moral connection to G-D.** As well as - our Moral Obligation toward our fellow human beings.

Yisroel, January 8, 2019 3:30 PM

NPR???

Have you ever heard a comment from NPR which was positive to a conservative idea? I gave up listening to them years ago....

(3) Raymond, January 8, 2019 2:33 PM

Consider the Source

I generally do trust the media, simply because I make sure to choose to listen to those news sources that I know to trust even before I start listening to the news. For me, that means Fox News and conservative talk radio. And even in my social interactions, I tend to trust Orthodox Jews and political conservatives a whole lot more than those who are neither of those things.

(2) Karim Yaou, January 8, 2019 2:29 PM

answer

I study life human world since i was young = i know what happen in past and what will ne.. When i read something i do the final sentence by compare it with what à know forward .i always search what i don't know by search way

(1) Gershom, January 8, 2019 1:27 PM

Why should we.

NO - absolutely not.

WHY? Why should we?

Because the news covers so many - facets - of our social and religious lives - and agendas. It makes it - almost virtually impossible for the average person - to distinguish - and **validate - between moral and half truth(s) - fiction and lies - etc**..

The people who write - print - or announce the news. They Often use language - that is interlaced with obtuse wording - lies - fraud - obfuscation - obtuseness - confusion - etc.. Information - that has been - culled - cherry picked - reworded - redefined/interpreted - etc..
All of which - can cause - and or be used - to demean - diminish - divert attention from - a host - of other practices/issues. As well as - hide the writers own hidden agenda(s). Especially when - they can cause confusion - and diversion - about someone else's agenda - for which they disagree.

It often allows and facilitates - the manipulation and distortion of an element of truth - which can be be turned into fake/false news - innuendos - hate and discontent etc., - in order to facilitate the moral - political agenda of those seeking to destroy any moral attachment - to - or in our lives.

Just THINK ABOUT - the various Social Media outlets.
What does it do - who/what does it affect. Knowing that - it allows and facilitates gossip - a HALACHAH violation.

False - manipulated news - as outlined above. May cause the reader - to reconsider their choices - morally - or otherwise - **with incorrect - information**. Which has been PURPOSELY planted by the author.

When reading - or listening to any news. Hopefully - one will be able to - **VALIDATE - VALIDATE - the authenticity/source of the news information**.

We need to pray - and ask G-D - for the ability to discern - between the truth and lies. And help us - come to a correct interpretation - and understanding - of the news.

Anonymous, January 8, 2019 6:16 PM

(1)Gershon wrote/expressed word by word my own opinion

Thank you (1) Gershon for your comments - there is no way I could expressed myself better ?
(Especially .. as English is my second language.. I'm not always able to articulate my thoughts/feelings)
With Grace Gratitude, Faith, prayers
To Hashem .. and to you,
May Hashem "showers" you with a load of blessings! Amen

 

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