Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How good is your political information?

I love this column in HuffPost by Peggy Drexler: The High Cost of Low Information.

With so much information out there, sometimes it's easier to stick with the sources we're comfortable with. How do we fight the lethargy?

The From the Editors column in the latest AARP Bulletin (You Be the Reporter) encourages voters to get informed. Among the tips:
2. Differentiate among news, opinion and advertising. As Stony Brook professor Jim Klurfeld says, “Evaluate sources. Evaluate sources. Evaluate sources.” There’s a difference, for example, among the Congressional Budget Office, the Heritage Foundation, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities.
3. Be aggressive. Being a good news consumer today is hard work. On the Internet, rank and popularity of a story do not necessarily mean reliability.
This is hard work, even for professional journalists.

But our future depends on it.



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