Minisode Monday #62 | It’s All Fake News If We Pick and Choose

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

This time around, we examine how even the most reliable news sources and documentary makers skew the facts or present half-truths when reporting — often unintentionally — we just don’t notice it unless it happens to be about something with which we’re already familiar. It’s a reminder to always consider multiple sources if we want to be truly informed on any subject.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • We all get news from somewhere. But how do we know our sources are reputable?
  • The truth is, even with the best of intentions, every journalist gets it wrong sometimes — because nobody’s an expert at everything.
  • Chances are pretty good you’ve been aghast at poor media coverage of a subject in which you consider yourself well informed — at least once in the entire time you’ve been consuming news and documentaries.
  • Watch a media production by a news agency or a journalist about a subject in which you are an expert. Take note of the gaps in the coverage.
  • We tend to notice such gaps when we have a good grasp on the subject itself; consider the stories about things we know very little about and understand that there are probably just as many gaps — before getting riled up, outraged, or moved to action without weighing separate sources on the subject.
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Jordan Harbinger - author of 880 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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