OPINION: Where is the truth among the COVID coverage?

The New York Times is one of the many sources working to stay on top of the COVID-19 coverage.

Ava Tiutczenko

The New York Times is one of the many sources working to stay on top of the COVID-19 coverage.

With Coronavirus being the main talking point on every news outlet currently, there is a lot of information being put out. This global pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives and it is important that we all know at least the basics of this growing issue. However, with so many news outlets giving out different information, who should we be trusting?

Especially in today’s society, social media is one of the most popular ways that we get our information and news from. A majority of people are active on at least one form of social media as well as it is very convenient and takes barely any work. You could just be simply scrolling through your feed, see a headline, and move on, trusting that website. However, many times the information that we see on social media or on a certain platform may not always be accurate or correct.

Different news outlets (Fox, CNN, etc.) most of the time have either a republican bias or democratic bias. Therefore, their outlet’s political standpoint is going to have an effect on the news they give out and the way they make it sound. Some news platforms will over exaggerate the issue, others will give misinformation to make their side and beliefs sound better. Regardless of what each media is giving out, every source is different and gives different information leaving us confused on what is real and what isn’t.

At the end of the day, the main sources to trust would be those with first hand information. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and World Health Organization would be your best choices for information about the virus itself and statistics. The government, either state, local, or national, depending on the type of information you are looking for, is a good source for news about closings, laws, and other restrictions. I am not saying that any other sources are false, because that isn’t always true, but many times, the more information gets passed along the more inaccurate it becomes causing more changes to the story. Every news platform or program is going to give out the bits and pieces of information based on what they want people to hear. Republicans and democrats each have different values and issues that they focus on. Therefore, depending on the platform, they are going to give out the pieces of information that they believe in and want people to focus on, instead of the whole story with the full truth to it.

The coronavirus is a growing issue where more and more updates and new information is being issued each and everyday. For the most accurate and truthful information, I would suggest taking a bit of a closer look at the platforms and sources that you are getting your information from because not everything is accurate and especially during times like these, getting the most accurate and truthful information is very important.

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