How to Read the News

| April 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Due to the number of new subscribers who have signed up in the last couple years, we thought it may be good to explain again the approach that Plain News uses regarding news reporting.

When it comes to world news, Plain News does basically no original research. We do not send reporters to areas of natural disaster or compile our own charts and statistics.  This forces us to rely on "fake news outlets" such as NPR, CNN, Fox News, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, etc. We have not found any secular news source that we consider completely neutral.   Many secular news organizations do try to make sure that what they report is accurate.  However, they still tend to have a fair bit of bias. They mention the facts they want readers to know. They often omit facts they don’t consider important as well as facts they don’t want you to know. In addition to facts, they also insert and suggest ideas based on their worldview. Consequently, their perspective on world events is not trustworthy.  Because of this, our writers need to read a variety of news sources to learn the truth about a matter.  None of us should rely solely on the perspectives of secular media (particularly sources that lean one direction) to form our own ethical and political conclusions.  We at Plain News have our own bias.  We try to see things through the lens of God's Kingdom. We believe this is true reality.

Breaking News is simply a filtering service, removing objectionable topics and obvious fake news.  We also endeavor to take out the majority of the sensationalism. If we provide links to a news organization, it is simply a place to get more information.  We are not recommending their perspective on the matter.

I’ve attached an article which Mike Atnip wrote three years ago about how to read the news.  If you have never read it, I would encourage you to do so.  If you have read it before, now may be a good time to read it again. 🙂

Managing Editor

How To Read the News - April 2017

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