So, today, I was on the phone with a good friend of mine. He’s been in the news a little bit the last couple of days and not for good reasons, and truly, not for the worst of reasons. But, he certainly is in a weird spot where the truth and perception start disagreeing with each other.
I will go ahead and warn you this may be
a little vague as the particulars are not important, just the message.
I admit that I was one to talk about the situation a little on Saturday when someone told me about it. The sitch was pertinent to me on a personal level and on two professional levels. A place near and dear to me is “closing down,” I heard. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming but I hadn’t talked to the owner in a few months.
I had a long discussion with them this morning and the paper (doing like it does) quoted him correctly but nitpicked the rest of the story and even went to a competing establishment (the owners are friends) and asked people that don’t even live in Winston-Salem about the developments.
As it turns out, the paper basically got it wrong. Again, the quote was right but then the rest of it was ripped apart and made into whatever the “journalist” needed the readers to see. The whole “if it bleeds” thing. Now, I’m not exactly faulting the paper because that’s what they do. I’m a media outlet, to some extent, and I want to make things sound good or more readable. Do I change things? No. I write what I think or know. Am I always right? Not even half the time, at least that I’m told. But, like with this blog and The Less Desirables and The Man Who Ate the Town, especially, I make no qualms about telling the listener or reader to take it as my “view and/or opinion.” Find out the facts for yourself. Go to the source, ask them questions, try the food yourself, try the beer yourself. Again, find out the truth.
I’m not going to go into the “whos or whats.” I would probably mess them up, anyway. But I will say that if you read the paper this weekend, and have any knowledge of what we have in this town, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s also all over Facebook. While some of that is true, the particulars aren’t necessarily. The moral of the story is: don’t believe everything you read. The truth will clear itself up in the upcoming weeks as we’ll have the only person with the truth and knowledge on TLD to talk about it. From there you’ll get it straight from the “horse’s” mouth.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“When fake news is repeated, it becomes difficult for the public to discern what’s real.” – Jimmy Gomez (D – CA)