Loving God Holy

Friday, April 21, 2006

From Fact Age to Data Age

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Last night it was reported that 12 of the 13 miners had survived. The news people ran with the story, only to find out 3 hours later that the facts were incorrect. The facts were downright wrong and devastating.

There is a rumor going around that someone overheard a conversation of one of the rescuers. This is data. Wrong data. This is what we call GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out.

ABC News Correspondent Vic Ratner (sp?) has stated that the company itself had told the people in the Church that there were 12 people who survived.

I had incorrectly blamed the news conglomerates, because they are always trying to put 'data' out there instead of waiting for the facts. I was wrong. They were told by people you should be able to rely on with the truth.

I have just heard that the one man who did survive has not suffered any brain damage, although he did suffer a collapsed lung. I do not know if this is true. It is just what a group of people called news people have said. There was a clip of a doctor stating these bits of data, but I have little regard for doctors. Long story!

Now, to get to my point. I pray for each and every person who were praying for these miners, especially the families and friends of these men. God, You are the Great Counselor. Please comfort them. You are the Great Physician, Lord. Please Heal their hearts.

I do not know their grief, I can only imagine. I know my own devastation due to the MISINFORMATION. I am hurt, but my faith has not been shaken. I was so full of joy I broke out in song! Now I cannot even remember the song. That is a sad commentary of me.

I even e-mailed a friend, blaming the 'main stream media.' I was wrong, but so were they. Why do they not wait for facts? Why do they not wait for physical evidence? Why do they listen to one person? (No matter who he is!)

I don't know if I am being fair because had I been in that positition, I might have done the same thing. God help us al to remember to be fair, to be accurate, and to do no harm. Thank you.

Originally posted 1/4/2006 @ 7:50 am


  • At 7/20/2006 12:10 PM, Blogger Adam_Lanman said…

    Again, these are my opinions:

    The purpose of news media is to provide a window to the rest of the world. Of course, such a window is limited, so some information is cut out. The news therefore has a very tight hold on our perception of the world, because it controls the flow of information in and out (for the most part). If there was a way of controlling communications, it would be 1984.

    What was that thing congress passed way back when? It was a "patriot" something...hmm.....


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