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  • The news used to be simpler.

  • Newspapers, radio and TV usually made a clear distinction between objective fact that can be proven and opinion crafted by their writers and producers.

  • They use terms like editorial, op, ed and commentary to distinguish opinionated content from or objective reporting.

  • But over the years, the Internet has helped blur the line between fact and opinion in the media.

  • Now there are virtually limitless sources creating content online, and terms like editorial and op ed have all but faded away.

  • There's also no vetting process or authority that requires anyone to mention if their online content is fact or opinion, just to be clear.

  • Opinions air not inherently bad things.

  • When it comes to reporting the news, they can provide new context or a different perspective.

  • Opinions have also played an influential part in history, such as when news anchor Walter Cronkite shared his personal views on the Vietnam War in 1968.

  • Of course, perspectives like that were typically designated as opinion, but these days we seem to have lost some of our ability to detect opinion based material if it isn't properly labeled.

  • Unfortunately, there are content creators out there who are happy to take advantage of that.

  • They mix opinions in with a few facts to make the perspective seem more credible.

  • This helps fire up your emotions and keep you engaged with their content.

  • At this point, you may be thinking that you could tell the difference between fact and opinion.

  • Well, it may be harder than it looks.

  • A Pew Research study created five factual statements and five opinion statements and then asked people to identify which was which.

  • Out of 5000 adults, Onley, 35% correctly identified all five opinion statements, while only 26% identified all of the factual statements.

  • That means the vast majority either saw fax as opinions or accepted opinions as fact.

  • Misinterpretations like these could easily lead to confusion and difficulty in discussing the news with others.

  • The study also found that people were more likely to view an opinion as fact.

  • If that opinion matched their existing beliefs, The blurred between fact and opinion likely won't get better anytime soon, so its upto us to spot the difference.

  • For instance, watch out for statements that may seem factual but are actually opinions that favor a certain perspective And while you may still find terms like editorial, every now and then, don't rely on them to help you distinguish fact from opinion.

  • Finally, avoid new sources that care Maura about stoking your anger and fears over reporting objective news.

  • Though it may be difficult, recognizing fact and opinion in the media can make a tremendous impact on how you see the world G c f global creating opportunities for a better life.

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The Blur Between Facts and Opinions in the Media

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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