Better Reporting

Can you trust regular news sources? If you watch CNN, MSNBC or god forbid, FOX news which is notorious for being shitty reporting, do you watch it and go, “yeah, they make sense. They aren’t biased or one-sided and they seem to be getting their facts straight.”

You know you I trust? John Oliver. Jon Stewart. Funny people who don’t beat around the bush. They tell the news the way it is and they show that they know what they are talking about.

Example.

Here is John Oliver’s take on what is happening in Ferguson, MO.

He cites his sources, he has video footage to back up his claims of what people say, he does a good job of making sure his points are clear. This is good reporting.

Jon Stewart took on sexual assault on US campuses in his segment called “Fault in our Schools” but I can’t find the video anymore on youtube. If you are in the US you can still watch the video on the Daily Show website. BuzzFeed did sum it up with gifs here http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/the-daily-show-takes-on-the-double-standards-in-combating-co.

Again, Stewart cites his sources and compiles videos that are relevant to his points.

What makes these shows more interesting than the news?

It’s not about the comedy. It’s not the subject matter being more or less important than actual news segments.

It’s about being clear on your point and doing your research.

When those who aren’t news tells the news better than the news itself, news organizations really have to take a look at themselves and go, “what the fuck are we doing wrong”.

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Just do it!

One of the many problems that I have as I get older is getting rid of my safety net.

Before when I was having a problem, I always had my mom or my sister or a any friend willing to listen there to give me advice.

Now, I just want to be comfortable making these decisions for myself.

I know there is nothing wrong with asking for help but the older I get the more I think there are just some decisions I can handle on my own.

Crosswords are helping me with that.

I started doing them in my last couple years of university and yes, you can ask people for help with them but sometimes, there are questions that neither one of you can figure out. In those situations you just have to go with your gut, put down what you think it might be even if you’re not 100% sure and just go from there.

The world doesn’t end if you get it wrong and have to change it. Sure, your little grids don’t look as pretty with extra squiggles and lines over it but that doesn’t matter in the long run.

The world won’t end with you being wrong either. Failure is not the worst thing to ever happen to you. It may not feel like it at the time but you’ll know for next time what to do differently.

For some reason, I’m just starting to understand and put these words into practice now.