Everybody Has One

We all knew everyone had an opinion.

We all knew everyone had a right to their opinion.

But we didn’t used to have to hear/read/be exposed to every single one of them.

I can’t help but feel a little bit sorry

For those of us who remember when “news” meant facts.

And we got to base our own opinions on facts

Then we discussed, argued, laughed over

Our opinions with our friends.

Now we try to pick through opinions reported as news to figure out what the facts are

So we can get back to forming our own opinions

To discuss, argue and laugh over with our friends.

It’s exhausting.

 

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53 thoughts on “Everybody Has One

  1. Terry and I were talking about that yesterday. Sad 😞. Hope you guys have a good weekend.

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  2. So true. I often go through periods where I tune out the media and politicians.

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  3. lbeth1950 says:

    You are right. I also take issue with actors getting so much news coverage. Why do they matter that much?

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  4. That is so true!! I have to laugh but it is also sad!

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  5. Unfortunately it drives us away from seeking other’s views, and that is a bad thing!

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  6. Very, very true. It is why I have unplugged myself from almost all “news” sources. To think I used to be a news junkie! But they finally pushed away one of their most loyal customers.

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  7. markbialczak says:

    Back when I worked on the big daily, MBC, we toiled with news stories and columns. The news stories had bylines. We filled those with facts we got from reporting. The columns included our little photo. We filled those with opinions we formed from thinking about those facts. Over on the editorial page, the truly big thinkers got to form the “big picture” policy called Editorials. Those didn’t even get a name attached at all, but just represented the view of the big daily as a whole.
    Everybody knew where the facts and opinions were.
    That was pretty cool.

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  8. Babs says:

    Hollywood and news people. You can take all of them and drop em in the ocean. Wouldn’t be missed a whit!!!! All common sense has left the building.

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  9. It’s important to stay abreast of what is happening in our world. Unfortunately we are becoming an autocracy/theocracy, the legitimate press is being eroded and political pundits are accepted as “news”. Still, we need to be smart enough to weed out the lies, after all we know the Russians are up to their necks in our politics and the leadership of our country. We have to fight against this or join the ranks of the Chinese and Russian citizens under the thumb of dictatorships.

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    • I learned long ago not to get my news from Facebook. I am horrified to think people actually did/do that. I think we need some news agencies to recommit to providing news, just news. Leave the opinions and editorials to the entertainment sections. I don’t need the news anchors telling me what to think about what the facts are. I need them to tell me the facts. It gets so muddled.

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  10. anie says:

    The illustrations are very funny, even if the statement is sad. To form an opinion from other opinions is bad, but that happens very often, if you can no longer see the facts and lose track. Probably only a deep inner conviction of a thing can make you immune to such opinions.

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    • Thank you Anie.

      It’s one thing to discuss opinions and perspectives and learn how others think and feel. But those things should not be part of ‘fact’ reporting.

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      • anie says:

        You are right Colleen, but for me it is extremely hard to concentrate on facts… for more analytic people with good memory it is easier, But I am for example a person who can hardly distinguish opinion from fact as hard as I can distinguish reality and dream… I try to remember facts but in my mind they are not recallabke all the time… they come up and than they fade again….

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      • anie says:

        …but you are completely right, fact are facts…and to know others opinions and feelings has nothing to do with facts!

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  11. This is so true Colleen!!!

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  12. Jodi says:

    It is the world we now live in…

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  13. neilsonanita says:

    That’s why I now limit my exposure to ‘news’

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  14. Ellen says:

    These days trying to separate fact from fiction or truth from “fake” news is a daunting task. I am not always positive that I succeed. I rely upon wiser minds than my own to assist my endeavors. Aristotle said : “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” However true, I still long for the days when news represented facts…or so it seemed. Thank-you and love your TV’s of days gone by too!

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    • I DO THE SAME THING! I am constantly asking my friend or my husband to explain something to me. I am not stupid, and yet I struggle figuring things out. By nature I take what people tell me at face value. It’s pretty difficult when all of these faces are telling me different versions of the same things!!!! 😉

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  15. ksbeth says:

    yes, exactly, colleen

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  16. Exhausting is a very good word for it all!

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  17. Debra says:

    Sometimes I think our heads could explode! Information overload, certainly, and then discerning fact from hyperbole. You nailed it, Colleen!

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    • I think if we could ‘see’ what all of this nonsense does to our heads (some kind of walking zombie like effect) it might get across to some how horrific things have become. I can’t believe we put up with it Debra.

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  18. Ocean Bream says:

    OH YES. I too remember when news used to be news. I feel so sorry for the children of today, you know, it is worrying because they are being brought up on lies.

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    • And they don’t have anything to compare their ‘news’ too. It’s all based in social media. It would be a Godsend for some agency to say ENOUGH! They will ONLY report the news. Any ‘opinion’ will be clearly noted in the opinion piece at the end of the news. 😉

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