I want to hear from the real journalists who provide real news because they are there on location. I don’t get my news from people sitting on couches or social media. I want it timely and accurate.
Warren Buffett typically reads six newspapers each day: The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The USA Today, The Omaha World-Herald and American Banker. Warren Buffett, of course, is one of the richest men in the US.
I try to get through the New York Times every day. The central headline is pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, obviously a highly charged issue, but it is clear that the Times reporters were there, interviewing the people at the rally. Thankfully, it ended without violence. I want to know more, because it will be, like it or not, a big election issue.
Impeachment preparations are front and center with the headlines “McConnell plans for Senate Trial on a tight pace” outlining the Republican strategy of defending the president. I heard bits and pieces of this last night on CNN, but a much more comprehensive discussion is in today’s paper. There is thoughtful news analysis in a column entitled, “An Analysis of No Crime and No Case” further discussing Trump’s defense. The next article was news to me, “Criticism stifled in a Boeing crash” really questioning the openness and thoroughness of Boeing internal investigations of crashes.
There’s a lot more in today’s Times. I am particularly interested in the mysterious respiratory illness in China. There is the coverage of the outrage in Puerto Rico over the discovery of aid that wasn’t being distributed. How could people be so callous? I’m just getting started. The World Economic Forum is starting in Devos, Switzerland and the climate crisis will be center stage. There will be intense posturing, to be sure. The fires in the Amazon and Australia are obviously too big to ignore. And I’m still catching up on the Phase 1 China Trade Deal. It sounds like negotiations have stalled out, and Trump has decided it isn’t the right time to escalate.
I don’t tweet. I don’t do messaging on Facebook. I read. I cringe every time I hear our President talk about the fake news, because it gives people an excuse for not being well informed.
It’s all about the joys of learning. It can be seen in children raising their hands, to ask a question. It has to flow from natural curiosity about what is happening in the world. Learning new things keeps you young. I really believe in this.
Because we elect our leaders, and their decisions affect our lives, it is so important to be informed.
Real news is out there. It generally isn’t free. It takes time. It requires reading.