By Amy McDougall, SpinSpotter Community Manager
Wherever and whenever we’re receiving our news, we’re ingesting a brutal word-war. It’s a rhetorical blame-game presented as objective news, and since we’re not there to see the stories unfold in person, we’re left to trust the narratives of mainstream media outlets like the A.P., Fox News, and The New York Times, to name a few. What one reporter names a “terrorist,” another calls a “soldier.” The connotations are loaded. The stories are lop-sided. The words are hand-picked. If you’ve ever asked, “Hang on, is that true?” while reading these stories, then you know what I mean.
As playwright Samuel Beckett said, “Words are all we have.” And if he was right, then we all have a key opportunity staring us in the face, which is this: to call out and correct disinformation on the Web. Wherever we can. Whenever we can. For starters, we can jump into conversations like this one. We can applaud or de-spin sites like Honest Reporting (at one end of the spectrum) and If Americans Knew (at the other). We can listen, educate, participate, and–I hope–get a few steps closer to the truth.
Now’s your chance to set the story straight.