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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    Of course, so everyone should use their brains when listening to the news and always have another source to cross check the important stuff, but I was thinking more along the lines of news readers getting above their stations, pulling faces or mocking someone in a piece they've just read.
    It's unprofessional.

    Just the "facts" ma'am!
    Oh, I didn't know what you meant because I rarely watch the news on tv so I've not seen that. I read the papers and listen to the radio (mostly talkback) and follow other news sources.

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    1. Yes facts are important but it probably depends on the situation.

    3. I struggle with this one. People listening to damaging opinions could be trouble.

    4. I think there are nice ways of going about things.

    5. Yes everyone can have an opinion but depending on the fact, it may just not stand up.

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    Many opinions ARE facts and that tends to **** a lot of people off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Oh, I didn't know what you meant because I rarely watch the news on tv so I've not seen that. I read the papers and listen to the radio (mostly talkback) and follow other news sources.
    Me neither, most of the time.
    Usually the news on TV is way behind online news, but every now and again I'll see it.

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    Facts and opinions both have their place, but I think people forget which is which. A fact has proof behind it. Real, irrefutable proof. And yes sometimes what we think are facts can change over time as our understanding and scientific methodology changes over time (like the shape of the earth example in that article) but I think it's best still to err on the side of the evidence we have right now.

    An opinion can't be proved or disproved. For example I might say that I think My Kitchen Rules is better than MasterChef. There's no way of proving if I'm right or not - you might disagree but you can't prove me wrong. But if I say that I don't vaccinate my kids because vaccines cause autism and you can't beat me up about it because that's my opinion - well no, I'm not entitled to my opinion because it's blatantly wrong/can easily be disproven, and harmful. I don't have a differing opinion here, I'm just wrong.

    This article sums up my thoughts quite well: http://theconversation.com/no-youre-...r-opinion-9978

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    Honestly it really depends on the situation.
    I would like to say that yes facts are more important but..
    For e.g. a friend recently went through a miscarriage and is having a very difficult time dealing with it (as you can imagine). As she is so emotional, the 'facts' of what happened are skewed and more opinion-y. I wouldn't dream of pulling her up on it. It's not fact but in this case her 'opinion' is more important than anything anyone can say. Until she deals with it at least.


 

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