Fake news is holding us back

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By HANNAH FAULKNER

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We humans are not born with hate in our heart, it is installed within us for the benefit of the installer. I think the main problem for exclusion is the media. The media is the only explanation. "Slavery" started in Europe which wanted to increase the amount of sugar being made, so they needed more labor. 

While the French Revolution was proceeding to make its mark in France they had also replaced religious government with a somewhat scientific but democratically-based government. In the religious government, they believed you could enslave people who did not believe in the Christian faith. In the democratic system, they created a concept which every single one of us uses today: race, based on the color of your skin. This led to racism as an opportunity to get free labor. Europe no longer saw the black "race" as an equal but as a slave, almost an animal. The reason I bring this up is because the idea of "race" was spread by mouth, a type of media, along with newspapers and speeches.

Unfortunately, the idea was widely spread. We need to change our media system; this biased system, liberated by democracy, is not suiting our dire needs as humans. That need is the truth. What we need is to get all information from all sides so that we in our mental state can assemble what we truly believe and not what we are taught to believe.

There have been many incidents of fake news: During the presidential race of 2016, the Huffington Post and the New York Times saying that there would be a 98 percent chance of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election. At the time Clinton had 232 electoral votes and Trump 306, so the chance of her winning was very slim. With a gap of 74, how was this math done to say that Hillary Clinton had a 98 percent chance of winning?

Even in trusted news networks, there is fake news. Jayson Blair was famous within the New York Times for his insightful news. Blair was also found to be fabricating stories. After a thorough investigation, they found many problems with 36 of the 73 stories he had published.

Media has led to so many bad things that we need to change it. I propose that we make new stations unbiased by implementing an ambiguous media. I want all people to look at all sides of the story. I want news to be fact-based news in order to get more funding. I need fact-based news to be recognized for what it is, an incredible place to be informed on current events. I want people to look within themselves before judging. If we let our future generation be fooled with fake news that has fooled many in this generation then we will never progress. We need more fact-based media. I know this is ambitious. You never know where false news is.

Hannah Faulkner is a student at OPRF High School.

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