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It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie

America unity Las Vegas sin lieA year-end opinion article by Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens

WASHINGTON, DC – Never in the history of the world has it been easier and faster to find out what is happening in virtually every city on the face of the earth.  Nor, has there been a time when news reporting has been so erratic and unreliable.

You don’t know what to believe when you read a newspaper, when you listen to the radio, when you watch television news shows or when you access social media.  It used to be that reporters and editors adhered to a sacred principle: tell the truth.

But it seems that these days it is “cool” to insert opinion and innuendo into their reportage.  It’s gotten so bad that Pope Francis, himself, felt compelled to call out the purveyors of lies in the media.  He issued a plain and simple message to them: it’s a sin to tell a lie.

The Pope issues proclamations at the beginning of each New Year cautioning those who report the news against committing “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others.”  His message in 2018 will be issued on January 24, 2018 and, in Francis’ own words, will focus on fake news, a term that has become popular in the White House these days.

Journalists perform a mission that is a fundamental principle of democracy.  The Pope said in a preview of his 2018 Message for the media and the world; “You shouldn’t fall into the sins of communication: disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.”

I believe that there may be some men and women engaged in reporting the news who may take the Pope’s message to heart.  But, I also believe that those so-called journalists who are more concerned about getting their own selfish viewpoints aired in public will continue to spew untruths.

So, how do you tell who is telling the truth and who is not?  One way is to look for balanced reporting. If the story is always against someone, chances are you’re listening to someone who is biased.

It is up to each and every one of us to discover the most reliable sources of news by doing the research and checking the facts.  It is not an easy task because the manipulators of news are good at what they do and what they do is practice the sin of yellow journalism—sensationalized, crudely exaggerated fake news.

The vast amount of information that is available to us in the 21st Century carries with it a warning: let the buyer beware.

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PaulE
2 years ago

Lets try and spice things up a bit by asking some more direct questions than those put forth by Mr. Weber. 1) Is it reasonable and acceptable for the leadership of the FBI and the CIA to openly lie to Congress and the American people repeatedly about their involvement in both ginning up and then leveraging the false Trump / Russian collusion narrative as a means to attempt to undermine the duly elected President of the United States, because they don’t like the outcome of that election? 2) Is it reasonable and acceptable that the mainstream media in this country… Read more »

Rik
2 years ago

The only good thing about news today is that although it’s 90% slanted against Conservatism we do have other options. Because of Social Media, anyone now has the option to get their opinion heard. President Trump can call a news conference and you can just see and hear the biased reporting. I thank God that there is tweeting available. One doesn’t have to just rely on the major media outlets, the President can answer directly to and at the people who unfairly criticize and slant everything he says and does. The major media outlets are unhinged with their attacks and… Read more »

Chuck
2 years ago

Mr. Weber may have done better than to quote the Pope cautioning “against purveyors of fake news” when he is guilty of purveying the hoax called man-caused global warming and/or climate change. Thousands of scientists world-wide have declared it a hoax perpetrated to further promote globalism and control over mankind to an extent never tried before. C’mon, climate has changed constantly since the great flood. The huge temperature spike around 1100 A.D. when the Vikings moved to Greenland and thrived was man-caused by what? Automobiles? Coal-fired energy plants? But, alas, I do believe in global warming. It happens every morning!!

Carolyn Goodin
2 years ago

Partisanship has infiltrated every corner of government, the Supreme Court, the FBI, both houses of congress and the infamous media. The media is supposed to be the watch dog of government, but instead it has become a bull dog. I gave up my newspaper subscription years ago as I could see how they lavished Obama with undeserved accolades. TV news has gotten so slanted that I gave up on that too. When Trump came along it was a breath of fresh air. I loved his style and appreciated his “telling it like it is.” After 16 years of Bush and… Read more »

Angela
2 years ago

I find all the comments relevant. Some I agree with, some I don’t, some I wasn’t aware of. We have to work hard to inform ourselves. Thank you for posting. God bless you and may we all have a happy, healthy New Year. Always with God.

Robert Spears
2 years ago

Why would you believe there was a time when all journalists were honest? Why would you hold the Pope out as “the” source of judgement of truth? It was the last Pope that “enlightened” the world with his declaration that hell is not a literal place, but a state of mind. A fact known for years by multitudes of Bible students and teachers. A lie is a lie no matter that it is “innocent” because it is based on error. The only real source of all truth is the Bible. As Jesus said “Thy (Gods) Word IS TRUTH”. He also… Read more »

John Ainsworth
2 years ago

In a world of moral relativism, communicating an error or lie to change public opinion or obtain a personal response is acceptable behavior. Ultimately, these moral preferences will lead to lawlessness resulting in chaos, where every person does what is right in their own eyes. When society as a whole rejects the absolute moral responsibility of Creator God, it will descend into corruption.

David Henry
2 years ago

I prefer to quote successful liars like Joseph Goebbels in controlling the German press during WW II: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
Or another of Goebbel’s quotes: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Like trying to tie the Russian collusion to Trump!!!
I recommend listening to “One America News Network” and most of the talk show hosts are pretty good too.

MJWatts
2 years ago

It is A sin to tell A lie

Richard Weise
2 years ago

Your are—spot on—correct… “let the buyer beware.” Well said.

I must add, the reason the buyer must beware is the people presenting their products and services, be it the “news media”, our governments (city, county, state, and nationally), the entertainment industry, etc., these people have a broken, or possibly lost, moral compass.

Before any of our problems can be fixed, our Congress (BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS) MUST FIX, OR REPLACE, THEIR BROKEN MORAL COMPASS.

Like you said, “let the buyer beware”… until our moral compass is fixed.

God Bless America!

Gary
2 years ago

It is indeed a sin to lie! And a half truth is still a full lie. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jesus.

There still remains a very accurate source of what’s really going on in the world. I enjoy reading the comments section on some of the news outlets (including AMAC), as they truly tell what the people are thinking! I sometimes skip right to the comments section without even looking at the article itself.

Phil Silverman
11 months ago

Fake news = fox , Rush , Beck, levin, Ingraham . Before Obama had a glass of water at 1600 they were sending in the Marshalls .demanding proof he went to Harvard . They said Nobody saw him there (while he was selected the editor of the Harvard law review). Interesting , Fox is getting less and less enchanted with that theiving , elder abusing , racist from queens . Coulter is fed up w his wall flipping and flopping . She and Rush had to beg him to fulfill his biggest campaign promise . Plus , WE will pay… Read more »

Brian B
2 years ago

This Pope seems to have drifted some distance from the conservative directives of previous pontiffs. While I agree with him that it is a sin to tell a lie, I’m not sure he always knows the difference.

Richard Weise
2 years ago

I know, I’m repeating myself. So, let me cut straight to the chase—before any of our problems can be restored to working order, our Congress and all cabinet offices (BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS) AND ALL NEWS MEDIA MUST RESTORE, OR REPLACE, THEIR BROKEN MORAL COMPASS. In the meantime, until then, to cover-up this lack of moral fiber, commonly referred to as selfishness and lying, he or she blasts away with all manner of disrespectful blabber (insults, insinuations, fabrications, etc.) to convince their constituents and the public in general, and anyone else that’ll listen, that they’re doing their job, but are… Read more »

Kitty Corbett
2 years ago

Since when is it a sin to tell a lie? It is a sin to swear to YHVH God to tell the truth, and then lie; that is taking the Name of God in vain in contravention of the Third Commandment. That is the reason witnesses are sworn to tell the truth and not just engaged in conversation. And it is a sin to “bear false witness” against one’s neighbor, Ninth Commandment. But otherwise, I can’t see where telling a lie (or a “story,” as I was taught to say as a child) is a sin.

Frank Gavin
2 years ago

The person most guilty of lying continuously and unabashedly is our president. Is difficult to witness daily tweets and newscasts & watch Mr. Trump say the most outrageous things. Perhaps the most remarkable thing of all is that so many other of my fellow Americans cannot see the forest for the trees. The leftist news organizations that you commenters talk about are actually mainstream news sources from which most of us get our information. You must go beyond Fox News and the Heritage Foundation for your information. But regardless of where you get your information the speeches of our president… Read more »

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