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Christian author Peter Heck wrote a brilliant editorial this week pointing out a glaring trend in media reporting. Heck picks on the left, but if you look at conservative news outlets, they do exactly the same thing.
“Take whatever issue you prefer – education, war, Darwinism, climate change, or yes, pandemics – and notice that the common justification the left will cite in defense of their policy preference is the testimony of ‘the experts,’ Heck wrote.
“As it turns out, there are a number of very intelligent, well-researched, knowledgeable, and experienced experts who think liberal policy in each of those areas is foolish and destructive,” he added.
“But the left scoffs at each of them. They merely declare that they have ‘consensus,’ never admitting that the only reason that is so hinges on the fact that they don’t consider anyone who disagrees with them an ‘expert.’ See how this works?
“You’re only an ‘expert’ if you agree with the left; but you should agree with the left because all the ‘experts’ do,” Heck wrote. “If you only let people who agree with you into the club, of course your positions will have ‘consensus’ in your meetings.”
Heck adds several tweets that show how one doctor, once considered an “expert” by the mainstream media, was no longer to be considered credible simply because she dared to praise the president’s willingness to analyze data and listen to HIS medical team.
In the past, an objective media worked to track down both sides of a debate or an issue and present both in equal measure. Rarely do you see that any more with media outlets on both the left and right working to advance specific agendas and cater to specific audiences.
As a result, people often get only half the story and make up their minds or formulate opinions based on that, when the truth is often found in the middle.
It’s as disgusting as it is remarkable.
It’s also dangerous because essential facts or key perspective may be eliminated and decisions made hastily that cannot be corrected without great cost, if they can be reversed at all.
In Proverbs 18:17, we are cautioned, “In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.”
That would certainly apply to politics or any other important issue. If we are not allowed to hear any cross-examination or get both sides, how are we ever supposed to make sound decisions?
In Proverbs, there are several other admonitions to listen to multiple advisors, presumably to get important information from a variety of viewpoints:
Proverbs 11:14 — “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
Proverbs 15:22 — “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 24:6 — “Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”
Now, more than ever, our nation needs the wise counsel of many “experts,” offering a variety of opinions, for that is the only way we’re going to get out of this messes we have created without making the situations worse.