Fake News

If you are reading this it’s because I most likely click bated you by using Donald Trumps famous sound bite for describing how he feels about most of our national media outlets. For once I am on the same page as President Trump. Please don’t mistake this as me finally supporting him, but along the lines of even a broken clock is right twice a day.

In an effort to cut back on the daily negativity I have drastically cut back my amount of news consumption over the years. I try and limit myself to one helping of the daily news broadcast and maybe a couple of other news articles throughout the day. Unfortunately, I can’t live under a rock because being completely ignorant of my local, national, and world goings on doesn’t jive well with my scouting background. I figure if I can keep to the amount of “bad” news I am exposed to limited to that which I am legally obligated or feel ethically compelled to deal with then all the better.

Another reason I look to minimize the amount of daily news intake is because I don’t have the time to fact check everything. All to often reporters are in a race to get their story pushed out to the masses without having their story straight. Can’t  tell you how many times I read or watch something from some news outlet only to found out sometimes hours later that they were only kind of right or completely off target. I equate this to one of my students rushing to get their paper turned into me first so they can get the special prize I may be offering, but forgets that the work also needs to be correct as well.

Let me put a button on this. More often than not I am turning to YouTube channels to get most of my national and global news any more and then I follow it up with the national “main stream” media sources. I do view this as more of a sign of the changing times, but there is also a healthy dose of not being able to trust the main stream sources as well.

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Sincere Laughter

Only within the last few years have I actually paid attention to someone when they laugh. Most recently have I noticed that occasionally  people that I know give a fake laugh when someone they are interacting with tries to be funny and it kinda falls flat. I really don’t like doing that myself, but to each their own.

It seems insincere and disingenuous. Both of those go directly against my moral compass and ethics. I will immediately try and steer the conversation away from a bad joke before I will even attempt a fake laugh. Just can’t do it. This may make me come off as a prick, but so be it. If your goal is to make me laugh or crack a smile the come loaded for bear other wise don’t expect much.

The only exception to this that I make is for children. The cut off is firm at 11 years old as well. I’m not going to be the one to crush the spirit of child, but you also have to start growing up at some point.