During Friday night’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO the panel discussion degenerated into chaos as all the speakers insisted they alone knew the facts and everybody else was living in a bubble that prevented them hearing the truth.
Now in most political discussions “truth’ is kind of a relative concept.
But earlier in the evening, I’d been bemused by the following tweet from a CBC Radio listener…
It would appear that no matter how often the CBC Ombudsman assures the public there is no “Left-leaning” bias at the network, some of the audience is still exercised by a diversity of views.
We all have our own prejudices and unshakable beliefs. And despite the wealth of information now available, many of us just don’t want to question the truths we hold to be self-evident.
We cling to our myths no matter how much proof is provided to debunk their existence.
And since our myths are the strands on which we’ve built the warp and woof of our cultural fabric, maybe that’s a good thing.
Or perhaps failing to debunk them is what keeps us from evolving and creating an even stronger culture…
What follows are not misconceptions which might shake our society to the core. But since I heard two of them offered on CBC News Network this week as statements of fact, it makes you wonder how much of what we’re told by any media outlet is as reliable as we might have once believed.
Enjoy Your Sunday.