Why are we treating opinion as news?

This scares me a little.  Actually, it scares me a lot, and it has for quite a while.  Long before the Coronavirus made its appearance, but that has brought it into even sharper focus.

Almost every post on social media that even hints at politics (or political figures) links to commentary.  Editorializing.  Opinion.  And in every case, it’s presented with the attitude of “See?  See?  What did I tell you?”, as if someone’s opinion is a smoking gun.

I don’t care who you talk about.  Hannity, Maddow, Limbaugh, Colbert, any of them, they’re all the same.  It’s all opinion, not facts.  It’s entertainment, on the same level as Last Man Standing or Grey’s Anatomy or The Rookie.  These people aren’t journalists, they’re muckrakers, going after ratings (dollars), yet more often than not we hold them up as purveyors of Truth, Justice, and the American Way – far more than we do actual journalists, which makes the truth that much harder to find.

And that scares the Hell out of me.

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