Column: This is why you need to be informed

Liz Dowell, Copy Editor

This is why you need to pay attention to the media: because when something serious goes down, or something blows up or a new virus breaks out, how else are you going to know?

When the Twin Towers fell, did you turn on the TV show “Seinfeld” or the news?

When the H1N1 broke out, did you turn on the Black Eyed Peas to get information on the virus or did you pick up a newspaper?

When Ferguson was going down you might have chosen to check Facebook, but did you ask your friends what was going on or did you turn on the local news or click on an article?

Hopefully, if you asked your friends, they were well informed by some sort of news outlet or multiple ones.

Not everyone watches or reads national news.

I like to think a lot of people pay attention to some sort of local news.

It’s the people who down right avoid news all together because they think every journalist lies.

This cop out is not only pathetic but just down right lazy.

If you do not keep informed about the world around you, how else are you going to be any sort of a contributing person to society?

And if you’re not going to read any sort of news, be it some article from Facebook or your local newspaper, then I do not want to hear you talk about your opinion on our country or any sort of rant about the government at all.

A) You’re not informed, you just admitted that you do not watch or read the newspaper, and B) I do not need you spreading lies that my fellow journalist around the world have to take time to prove to be false.

So just to have a run down. If a person is not going to make an effort not to educate him or herself but is going to blab about American policies, American journalists and American politicians, just do us all a favor and stop polluting the air with your lies.

Shut up and go back under the rock where you live.

I have enough trouble with the people who only read one article from one news source, without “Googling” and fact checking the story, assume that’s the whole story and run with it.

I do not need someone who is so far out of the loop talking about things they do not have a clue about.

You may as well as run for President and call yourself Donald Trump.

Liz Dowell is a senior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].