Where do you go for your news? Do you only go to those one or two places?
Do you compare what you gleaned from one news outlet to another, more distinctive outlet?
The reality is that most of us, whether we mean to or not, tend to go to the outlets that reinforce what we already believe. This is called confirmation bias. And it is one of the more substantial reasons why our tribalism is driving Americans further and further apart.
Moreover, it’s not that some news outlets are very clearly slanted in one direction for a particular worldview. It’s the fact that you have politicians telling people not to trust their memory in the events they have witnessed, let alone the election results, that would take a conspiracy on a scale as we have never seen before to pull off with no paper trail.
“We don’t know what is true, what is knowable, what is trustworthy. Our information environment is chaotic and overwhelming, rife with conspiracy theories, “fake news,” and habit-forming digital manipulation. It is breaking our brains, polluting our politics, and corrupting the Christian community,” said Bonnie Kristian on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
Kristian is a journalist contributing to Time, CNN, The Week, Politico, The Hill, Relevant Magazine, Rare, and The American Conservative. We sat with the author of “Untrustworthy” to discuss how this current crisis corrupts the Christian community.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.