I have stripped it down to this:
Many journalists and the organizations they work for have expressed a commitment to producing accurate and informative reports. Yet, there is reason for concern. Consider the following factors:
MEDIA MOGULS, GOVERNMENTS, ADVERTISING, DISHONESTY, SPIN, OMISSION, COMPETITION, MISTAKES,
While it is wise not to believe everything we read in the news, it does not follow that there is nothing we can trust. The key may be to have a healthy skepticism, while keeping an open mind.
The Bible says: “Does not the ear itself test out words as the palate tastes food?” (Job 12:11) Here, then, are some tips that will help us to test out the words we hear and read:
PROVIDER: Does the report come from a credible, authoritative person or organization? (Is the WTBTS credible?) Does the program or publication have a reputation for seriousness or for sensationalism? Who provide the funds for the news source?
SOURCES: Is there evidence of thorough research? (In the case of the magazines of the WTBTS, I am going to have to say, 'no'). Is the story based on just one source? Are the sources reliable, fair, and objective? (In fact, they are not in regards to the Society's literature. Everything is slanted toward their own agenda. Plus they love using "..."). Are they balanced, or have they been selected to convey only one point of view? (Um, Watchtower literature? One point of view in most cases).
PURPOSE: Ask yourself: ‘Is the news item primarily to inform or entertain? Is it trying to sell or support something?’
TONE: When the tone of a news item is angry, spiteful, or highly critical, it suggests that an attack is under way and not a reasoned argument. (Like attacks on the UN, the Catholic church, or former believers?)
CONSISTENCY: Are the facts consistent with those in other articles or reports? If stories contradict one another, be careful!
TIMELINESS: Is the information recent enough to be acceptable? Something thought to be correct 20 years ago may be discounted today. (This is where I drop the mic and walk off stage).On the other hand, if the news item is a breaking story, it may lack complete and comprehensive information.
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