How More Information Often Makes Us Less Informed
Unless you have agreement on facts it’s very hard to agree on remedies for a problem.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is an author, historian and political commentator. She received her PHD in government from Harvard University, where she later taught. She also served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his final year in the White House. She is the author of numerous books including the bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History. Her most recent book is The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.
We do receive a lot more information about everything but we don’t have the context often in which to analyze it or understand it.
There’s not even agreement on facts nowadays. That’s one of the problems of the division in the media and partisan cable networks. On one you may hear a fact that’s completely different from the other. Unless you have agreement on facts it’s very hard to agree on remedies for a problem.
I think what we need are those kind of legitimate credible sources that are beyond partisanship that people can believe, so when something comes out what they’re saying is at least an attempt to give a really hard-hitting but factually based report on some problem that we need to address.
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