Opinion

The New York Times is Now Concerned about ‘Truth’

The New York Times aired a television ad during this year’s Academy Award Ceremony Sunday night. The ad focuses on the “truth.” The New York Times considers itself the paper of record on the issues of the day and carries the following line that appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page — “All the News That’s Fit to Print.”

Allegiance to the “truth” is nowhere to be found. The Times has had a left-leaning agenda for a very long time. That agenda does not always include the truth.

Who determines what news is “fit to print”? A topic not reported on or a topic not accurately represented is a truth issue.

The quest for truth goes back a long way. When the serpent asked Eve, “Hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1), he was asking a question related to telling the truth. He was intimating that what God said was not truthful, that eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would not result in their spiritual death. He lied and Adam and Eve died. There are consequences for rejecting the truth.

Proverbs 18:17 states,

The first to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and examines him.

To get to the truth demands examination. There are at least two sides to a story (Prov. 18:17). Does The New York Times present both sides, giving both sides of an issue accurate representation? Not often. Truth demands an objective moral standard, something that is no longer considered today by the mainstream media (unless you hold Progressive ‘values’).

Like Pontius Pilate, too many journalists cynically ask, “What is truth?” Today, truth is what’s true for the individual person. What’s true for me may not be true for you, and that’s OK, except when one person’s truth claim steps on the toes of someone else’s truth claim.

There’s the Ninth Commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex. 20:16). While the first law of economics is “you shall not steal,” the first law of journalism should be “you shall not lie.” Not telling the truth, the whole truth, is also a lie.

Are today’s journalists telling the whole truth in the stories they research, write, and publish?

  • Abortion does not kill an unborn baby.
  • You can choose your gender.
  • Gender is fluid.
  • Homosexuality is a third gender, and there are 50 more genders.
  • The Constitution supports same-sex marriage.
  • Education should be free.
  • Healthcare is a right that should be free.
  • The Constitution allows for the government to force people to pay for something.
  • Taxation is not theft.
  • The government will pay for it.
  • Taking money from some people and giving it to other people is not theft.
  • 97% of scientists believe man-made “climate change” is a fact.
  • Abiogenesis must be true because the alternative means there’s a personal God.
  • Questioning molecule-to-man evolution means you are “anti-science.”
  • Men and women are equal.
  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Printing money, debts, and deficits are good for the economy.
  • The rich should pay their “fair share” of taxes.
  • The Constitution demands a “separation of Church and State” which means a separation of God and State.
  • The Constitution supports what has become the “welfare state.”
  • There’s no such thing as media bias.

The truth is out there, but most likely not at The New York Times.

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