Demystifying The News: Why You Should Read It All

Demystifying The News: Why You Should Read It All

Information often gets masked behind opinion — do the extra digging and find the facts.
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There is a method to my madness that explains why my daily activity of checking the news takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. As a political science student, it's important to me that I know what's going on in the world - in politics, economics, the United States, etc. The media and the news networks are a great contributor to the partisan divide in America, especially in terms of politics. Humans are creatures of habit, and if you talk to anyone that religiously watches or reads the news, they're likely to tell you that there's one outlet that they prefer over another, whether this is because of the writers, anchors, format, etc.

Over the course of the 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump repeatedly put the network of CNN on blast for being "anti-Trump" and abrasively left leaning. There is a new rhetoric that has come as a result of this past election: "fake news." While Trump's reproach of CNN might be correct, it still holds the potential to be untrue. Since the American people rely on news networks and new papers as their source of information, it's imperative that we seek full, unbiased understanding of events.

It is true that there is no completely unbiased news outlet - it is impractical to expect there to be. Well-known networks such as CNN and Fox News are divergent in their portrayal and approach to giving information to the public. Journalism and news is, often, a race against time - it's important to these networks to be able to get the information out first. It is impossible to help that writers will find it difficult to stay nonpartisan about their stories. This is why it's important to check different news outlets for your information. On occasion, information can be misrepresented when fact meets opinion, and thus the media influences a particular way of thinking. The only way these news networks can be wrong is if the facts are incorrect or part of the story is left out in some way. This can, unfortunately, happen.

Whether you are more conservative or liberal in your views, it benefits you as the reader and analyst, to get both sides of the story. You may find information you had been missing.

For your reference, here's a comprehensive list of news networks and where they fall on the political spectrum.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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That One Time I May Have Shot An Ex-Police Officer

Yeah, you heard me.

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In England, we don't really have guns, maybe hunting guns but I think it's pretty rare. Anyway, point is, barely any guns. I have never seen a gun, shot a gun, I don't even know anybody that owns a gun so as an exchange student in Oklahoma it's a novelty to visit a gun range.

I was pretty nervous about shooting but the instructor was super nice and told us how to hold the gun and load it before we went into the range. He also let us ask any questions we had about guns and explained the process of getting a gun in Oklahoma and he said he had visited Europe and was talking about England, and how he used to be a cop and opened his own gun shop. Basically a really really nice guy, which honestly makes harming him ten times worse.

We went into the range and we were shooting a 22 caliber and another guy at the range, I'm assuming a regular, asked if we wanted to fire his revolver so of course, we said yes.

This gun was definitely heavier and the trigger was super hard to pull but he kept his hand on the gun whilst I struggled with the trigger and then I fired it.

I heard a bang and I heard a yell.

I turned around and he was holding his thumb and there was blood dripping onto the floor. At this point, I thought I had shot him, so you can imagine the sheer level of panic that I was feeling.

The color drained from my face and I was frozen solid and all I could say was, "are you okay?" which was answered with a "Ma'am, put the gun down."

Basically, I'm freaking out and I look over at the lads for some form of reassurance, which was met with them looking equally as freaked out as me. So I asked,

"Do we need to call someone?"

"Yep. We are definitely gonna have to call someone"

So at this point, my nerves were shattered and I had no idea what was going on or what the procedure is for this sort of thing. I mean, the guy also took it like a champ and barely even winced and kept repeating "little lady, you're fine" – safe to say I did not feel fine nor did the situation, in my eyes, look at all fine.

Luckily the regulars knew what to do and took him to the ER so we were left in the store with another regular shooter.

Everyone else went back out to shoot but I didn't feel like assaulting/ shooting/ potentially murdering anyone else so I decided to sit this round out and talk to the woman that stayed with us and he called and said it wasn't me, something came off the bullet or gun and went into his hand- so no I didn't actually shoot him and he was going to be okay.

The point of this now very funny story is that whilst guns are cool they're also pretty dangerous.

I have no idea how someone can participate in these mass shootings because I didn't even shoot someone, only thought I did, and it was probably the most terrifying moment of my life.

So, if you are around guns, have fun, be safe and try not to send your instructor to the ER.

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