Don't Trust What You See
By: Eric Norris
The importance of posting news first is infinitely more valuable than to be right in society, so it would seem. In the world of media and getting information immediately, media consumers rely on what they see first.
Today, the world revolves around digital news. There are many forms of media that are absorbed by people, these include podcasts, television, computers, radio, and smartphones. News in 2022 is about choosing sides and how fast reporters and journalists can get information out.
A recent event that occurred was in January 2022, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the LA Rams. Brady has said previously in many interviews that he would retire at the age of 45, which he will be on August 3 of this year. According to Seth Wickersham, a 20-year reporter for Brady and the New England Patriots, he said,
"Tom Brady has said he wants to play pro football until he’s 45. Or 50. Maybe even 55.”
This did not happen though. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington first reported that Tom Brady retired on January 29, around 11:30 am [LD1] according to the NY Times. Schefter sent out one tweet that would shock the sports world. He tweeted,
“Tom Brady is retiring from football after 22 extraordinary seasons, multiple sources tell @JeffDarlington and me.”
One of these “multiple sources” was not Brady himself because Brady Senior said,
“Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong,” according to forbes.com.
On February 1, 2 days after Schefter posted his findings, Brady posted to social media saying,
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
This is just one example of how important it is to check where news and information come from. Then compare it to other credible sources. Most reporters choose to make unethical decisions that cause controversy in a world that does more harm than good. Double check what you see.